Evil Geniuses cuts ties with Dota 2 caster GranDGranT amid sexual harassment allegations
CMD368 – Evil Geniuses has released Dota 2 commentator and streamer Grant “GranDGranT” Harris after several women alleged he sexually harrassed them. Over the last 24 hours, multiple threads about Grant harassing women within the Dota community have surfaced, highlighting a pattern of alleged inappropriate conduct.
Effective immediately, Grant “GranDgranT” Harris has been released and is no longer a member of Evil Geniuses.
We have a zero-tolerance workplace policy, and take any accusation of harassment, or a violation of our policies handbook, seriously.
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) June 22, 2020
EG signed Grant to the organization as a streamer and commentator because he is one of the most prominent voices in North American Dota. Before his time with EG and even while with the organization, however, he allegedly harassed several people. The first account came from Twitter user cofactorstrudel, who brought up an incident that happened at an after-party during The International 2017. In this instance, Grant wouldn’t let go of her during the party and she had to force him to let go.
Former coach and analyst Anthony “scant” Hodgson brought up Grant’s history with former commentator Natalie “LlamaDownUnder,” who he reportedly harassed to the point that she decided to leave the Dota 2 scene. “Grant repeatedly harassed Llama to the point where she sought a restraining order,” scant said. “She took him to court, and after several years of protracted legal proceedings, the court found that Grant did indeed harass and defame her. He bullied her, harassed her, and he ended her job.”
His departing comment about Dota becoming a better, overall esport is something scant also pointed out. The former coach said that Grant was supported while he was harassing Llama by senior talent in the space. He called Dota a “boys club” that does a lot of gatekeeping and ensure a toxic mentality for the competitive scene, especially toward women.