A UK Call of Duty player going by the alias Wvrdyyy has been persistently pestering esports team owners in an attempt to represent their organisation.
Albert "Naked" Nassif, former CoD pro player and the current owner of Australian organisation Mindfreak, posted this DM chat history between himself and Wvrdyyy:
I'm going to have an aneurism. pic.twitter.com/CWOaD1gZY5
— Naked (@NakeeeZe) March 27, 2017
The chat logs show Wvrdyyy asking and asking (and asking some more) if his English youth Call of Duty side could represent Mindfreak.
Wvrdyyy avoids questions around whether his team competes in Australia and New Zealand, and just won't take no for an answer.
Despite Naked turning down the requests and not answering for half an hour, Wvrdyyy throws a few more comments in, before ending with: "Would you provide jerseys?"
While this kind of behaviour is obviously extremely annoying and is probably not the best way to go about striking business partnerships, you can't say the guy isn't persistent.
Naked's tweet then prompted NoVaa, the owner of UK organisation Radiant Esports, to publish a similar chat log between him and the persistent CoD player, in which he said 'no' four times, but the guy just kept going anyway.
— NoVaa. (@Radiant_NoVaa) March 28, 2017
New Zealand CoD player Cruze also posted a grammatically jumbled message he received from Wvrdyyy:
— Cruze (@SSU_Cruze) March 28, 2017
There are more within UK esports like Wvrdyyy (of course there is)!
Stuart McAllister, owner of Northern Ireland esports org Nuclear Storm Gaming (NSG), shared a message he received from another amateur UK CoD player, known as Lusions, who left the org owner with a bitter message:
— Stuart McAllister (@NSG_Stuart) March 27, 2017
"You will miss out, and when I'm at the top I'll be laughing in your unorganised face."
Being persistent and annoying is one thing, being rude is another. And burning bridges is probably not a good idea in any sector, let alone the occasionally incestuous UK esports scene.
Despite the unprofessional nature of these messages, they were still seemingly shared without their permission.
You can look at it two ways - expose and publish stuff like this to bring it to light and weed it out, or respect people's private messages and keep them private.
But enough of our humble observations. We'll leave you with some pearls of wisdom from Lusions' Twitter feed.
A lion is not concerned with the opinion of a sheep
— LUSIONS (@LUSlONS) March 23, 2017
Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself..
— LUSIONS (@LUSlONS) March 24, 2017
We were all born equal. Some are more obsessed with things than others, they then become better, be obsessed!
— LUSIONS (@LUSlONS) March 27, 2017
If any players or people in UK esports are wondering what the right way is to approach brands and orgs in esports, we recommend giving this a read: