The League of Legends community just can’t help itself sometimes.
And no, that’s not directed at the crowd that booed Samsung Galaxy heavily before Samsung played Cloud9 in Thursday’s League of Legends World Championship qualifier. The ire is reserved for the people who immediately flocked to Twitter to complain about the booing as if they’re watching a golf or tennis tournament instead of a video game.
LETS HEAR U BOO THEM WHEN SSG 3-0'S YOUR FAVS
— ania (@PIKAniuu) October 13, 2016
Disgusting how the crowd boo'd at SSG….
— Nadia (@nadurflaa) October 13, 2016
I always wanted SSG to win. I just want them to win a little bit more now that they got boo'd.
— Dan (@CJ_PLS) October 13, 2016
did the crowd really boo SSG? damn Chicago, have some respect #Worlds
— Gabe (@BigGlazedDonut) October 13, 2016
its honestly just so disrespectful, if they don't wanna cheer for them sure, but no need to boo
— Sophie Kathleen (@sophiemaelol) October 13, 2016
Did the Yanks really boo Samsung Gal.? FFS did sportsmanship die when tailgating started?Tasteless doesn't begin to describe it #Worlds2016
— Eoin J. (@Cpt_Barricade) October 13, 2016
Even some pros and other respected people in the League of Legends scene were upset with the crowd for booing.
Seeing foreign teams being boo'd makes me sad. Cheer for your favorite team, don't drag down their opponents.
— Søren Bjerg (@Bjergsen) October 13, 2016
You don't boo that's disrespectful
— Pierre Medjaldi (@Steeelb4ck) October 13, 2016
Just cheer on the team you love. You don't have to tear someone down to show your support. Little bit of a mob mentality.
— Robert Yip (@IMTRobertYip) October 13, 2016
To people throwing the "it's the home crowd" excuse, that "culture" relies on the away team eventually being the home team.
Not the case.
— CLG Lazarus (@RisenLazarus) October 13, 2016
Did they actually just boo samsung?
Are you fucking kidding me?
— Ram Djemal (@Brokenshard_) October 13, 2016
Is this really something to be upset about? I hope none of the people upset ever go to an international soccer game. They do a lot worse than boo.
This faux outrage needs to stop. The fans didn’t throw anything on stage. They didn’t threaten the players. They booed. It’s an international world championship tournament. This isn’t a high school basketball game with teachers on the sidelines ready to pull you out of the cheering section if you say anything negative (though I recognize the age range isn’t far off. High school was also the last time I booed at anything, so take that for what you will).
We’re going to wring our hands for fans booing when League of Legends is a competitive environment where trash talk between teams and players isn’t just prevalent, but it’s often encouraged? Let’s get real.
What the players are competing for? That’s serious stuff. Fans booing is not. Loosen up.