The Doublelift and Reginald Drama Continues, Former TSM Associates Chime In
If you thought the drama between Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and TSM FTX CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh would subside in just a day or two, well, think again. Not only has it not blown over — despite both parties giving their “sides” of the story — but one could argue that it has grown even more intense.
And, well, whenever you have third parties chiming in, you know things have gotten way too serious.
It didn’t take long for Doublelift to go over Reginald’s response on the TSM subreddit; it was to be expected given just how heated the whole situation had become. You can check out the following VOD (from 49 minutes onwards) if you want to experience the whole thing in its full unabridged glory.
Summarizing his thoughts and statements is no easy task. Frankly, everyone should hear it all verbatim without filtering things out — it’s a touchy subject. We’d rather not “get in the way.” Overall, though, Doublelift denied most (if not all) of Reginald’s claims; he also talked at length about the TSM FTX CEO abusing his players and employees and how that’s not a one-off kind of occurrence but rather the way Reginald in general handles things.
Doublelift’s “hate” isn’t directed towards TSM at all — it’s just Reginald and his proclivity for mental and verbal abuse (amongst other things) that rubs him the wrong way.
“People will not come out and say things even though they agree, and you know why? It’s because they’re in the scene. It’s because they’re still personally invested, and making sure that TSM is an option for them to leverage their contract or to actually play there and they don’t want to make an enemy, they don’t want to burn a bridge. But there will come a day when people will actually part ways with this org and there’s no reason for them to hold back… There will still be a good chunk of people who’ll come out and back me up,” Doublelift said during his stream.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Not everyone seems to agree with Doublelift’s remarks, though. Whether that’s because they genuinely feel the opposite about Reginald or because they have some ulterior motive is up for debate, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that TSM’s CEO got a fair bit of “love” on Twitter as well.
“As we spent more time together, I got to understand him better as a person and why the general public has the wrong idea of who he is. Taking care of his loved ones (family + close friends) is his number one priority. He puts an immense amount of pressure on himself to take care of the people around him. Even after our working relationship was over Anddy would check in on me regularly to make sure I was doing fine and I was surprised that he would make time to check in on an ex-employee knowing how crazy busy he is with running TSM,” said Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-seop, former player and coach.
Other players and associates came out with similar stories. As we already concluded, siding with either party doesn’t make much sense as truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Reginald’s “complex” nature has been documented and dissected ad nauseam. There’s very little use in going over what someone had done nearly 10 years ago — back when they were under pressure and trying to not only put competitive LoL “on the map,” but also create a sustainable business that would one day become a leader in its field.
No one’s justifying Reginald’s (obviously quite egregious) behavior, but human nature is an incredibly layered, fickle beast. Whether he did more bad than good is up for debate, but we — as outsiders — can never really know what it’s like working with him, so it’s best to reserve judgment for the time being.