GameStop is expressed after an incident within a Spaniard Warhammer 40,000 Tournament. Its a bit crazy, that one. Apparently, there was a player who really did everything possible in racism, and Im not kidding. I would like to be. Thats not what the player said, but they were, in a passively racist. Not only did they have the username that referred to Adolf Hitler, but they were multiple Nazi symbols. This is not the crux of the problem. The problem occurred when other players did not want to play with this problematic player. And instead of expelled the player, the organizers of the tournament… have penalized the players who refused to play against him.
Thats why GameStop had to publish a statement on what had happened and remember the people their non-tolerance policy for hate groups and symbols that accompany them. They published a fairly long declaration on this subject, but a part was pretty direct about it. If you come to an event or in a Games Workshop store, and you behave differently, including the real worlds hateful group symbols, you will be asked to leave, says the statement. It went further with: We will not let you participate. We do not want your money. We do not want you in the Warhammer community.
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They also quickly offered assistance to those who wanted to create a safe participation environment for future events, as well as help to educators and youth groups. Warhammer 40K, according to GameStop, is intended for everyone. And also, while the Imperial of Man is full of fanatics and xenophobes, it is not intended to promote hate speech in real life — it is, according to the statement, to be a tale warning as well as satirical.
We do not know if the tournament organizers have been penalized or if this particular user has been banned from future tournaments, but we may hear more in the coming weeks.
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