Toronto news station CityNews has come under fire following ​a report it released about gaming addiction in which it interviewed various players at EGLX last weekend in Mississauga, Ontario.


The report focused on the rise of gaming and esports and how the World Health Organization recently classified gaming addiction as a disease. The report included interviews from pro Smash players (in which they were asked how many hours of the day they play) and the event organizer


The report irked some high profile figures within the Smash esports scene, who seemed to feel as if CityNews Toronto misled the interview subjects with regards to the tone or nature of its report.


Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios, perhaps the best known Smash 4 player in the world, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the report.

Joe "Toronto Joe" Cribari, another professional and the head of Get On My Level, also expressed frustration with the report.

The gist of the pros' complaints stem from the idea that CityNews might have twisted the words of the players' or taken their comments out of context, asking questions in a positive tone that resulted in what they thought was a negative article.

It's unclear what interview practices CityNews used or how the interviewed players were approached about the nature of the story. Still, there's a pushback from people within the esports community regarding non-endemic media outlets reporting on this industry. There seems to be little trust between esports and non-endemic outlets, and any report that is borderline negative will be graded on a different curve than if it comes from an outlet within the community. 


It's tough to make a clear judgement without more context from both sides, but it's clear the Smash community was not receptive to CityNews or its report from EGLX.


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