Redeye announces his retirement from esports
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Paul “Redeye” Chaloner has decided to step away from esports after misconduct accusations against the talent surfaced last week.
The last week in esports has been witness to multiple cases allegations of misconduct in one shape or another against talent and personalities. In less than one week NA caster Grant “GranDGranT” Harris announced his departure, followed almost immediately by Toby “TobiWan” Dawson due to publicized allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
Then the allegations of Paul “Redeye” Chaloner being a difficult person to work with, abusing power, and engaging in physical assault surfaced. Redeye denied most of the accusations, admitting that he was indeed difficult at times and had been dealing with much depression and mental health issues that often manifested as anger. More reports were made public, including one that brought a past, personal court case involving his children. That was the last straw for Redeye.
The news comes as a shock to many fans given Redeye's history in the esports scene.
Redeye is one of the most experienced hosts and commentators in Esports. Beginning his career in 2002, he was one of the world’s first professional electronic sports TV commentators providing coverage for Starcraft 2, Quake 3, Quake 4, Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2004, Counter-Strike: Source, Call of Duty 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, Smite, Dota 2, FIFA Soccer and almost all Racing Simulator games. He hosted the 2014 ESL One Frankfurt Germany Dota 2 tournament as his entry point into Dota 2 and became a cornerstone of hosting for some of the biggest events in Dota 2 including several The International events and Dota 2 Majors.
After leaving his employment as the Head of Broadcasting at Gfinity in 2016, he and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh partnered up with former heads at ESL UK Ben Woodward and Luke Cotton to launch Code Red Esports – a new esports agency.