On May 7, 2022, League of Legends pro player, Biofrost, came out as gay, prompting discussion about LoL's competitive ecosystem.
League of Legends pro player, Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang, came out as gay in a public statement on May 7, sparking debate around homophobic abuse in the competitive LoL sphere, and whether or not there truly is a rainbow at the end of an all-consuming storm.
The flip side of that, though, is that Biofrost has finally come out. For all of the bad that goes on behind closed doors, there’s a ray of hope – a rainbow at the end of the hurricane.
Esports is in a spot where people are talking about world-changing issues. In the wake of Sinatraa’s return to competitive Valorant, we saw another hard conversation that needed to be had, finally being had. While not everyone is ready for the conversations, they’re happening, at least.
We’re finally talking about the specters that plague esports – not just paying them lipservice.
After years of alpha male dominance, and toxic responses to anything to the contrary, we could see a wave of empowered individuals take the difficult but vital step to make their own voices heard, as Biofrost did. Is it all because of Biofrost? No, of course not, but his coming out is yet another catalyst that can speed up the transformation our virtual world is already undergoing.
Will this be the watershed moment, to make a serious impact across esports? Maybe, or maybe not – that will be for time to show. But what I do know is that one person’s journey can have a domino effect. Biofrost has paved the way for fellow queer players to express themselves, just as others have done before him.
With LCS Summer Split just around the corner, though, I can’t wait to see how Biofrost performs now that he’s finally unleashed on the world. In fact, you could say the thought leaves me feeling quite ‘gay.’Biofrost coming out could be a catalyst for change across esports View Story