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Riot Games is Investigating TSM Founder Over Bullying Allegations

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Current and former employees and esports pros have accused Team SoloMid’s founder and CEO, Andy "Reginald" Dinh, of verbally abusing and bullying them according to WIRED sources. This has sparked an in-depth investigation by Riot Games and within TSM as well.

“As the league operator," Riot Games said in an email to WIRED, "we have engaged the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP to conduct an independent investigation into claims of misconduct made against the leader of this team, in accordance with standard league process.” Neither Dinh, TSM or Riot chose to comment about the specifics of these allegations.

Dinh has led TSM since 2009 and helped make the company the most valuable esports company in the world in 2020, with an estimated $410 million valuation.

The company, based in southern California, has 51 full-time employees, however, some have anonymously admitted that they have been victims of "mental abuse" in their time with the company. “The esports industry is really young and toxic,” says one. “Your relationships result in jobs more than anything else.”

Former TSM team member Yiliang “Peter” Peng, known as Doublelift, admitted in a livestream last year that Dinh is "like a bully who gets away with being a bad person because he’s powerful, because people are afraid to stand up to him." In the same livestream, he added "I’m sick of someone who’s basically just a bully getting away with it because it’s in everyone’s best interest to not get in his way.”

Dinh has said in an email exchange with Wired that he has incredibly high expectations for himself and his team, and that he is "intense, passionate, driven, and relentless in the pursuit of winning." However, he also shared that looking back, “my vocabulary was at times too harsh and ineffective.” Stay tuned for more updates on TSM and Dinh's ongoing investigation as it is shared with us.