Popular eSports host Paul Chaloner calls it quits amid allegations of abuse
The eSports space has witnessed a string of abuse allegations in recent weeks
Popular and long-time eSports host Paul “Redeye” Chaloner said yesterday that he will resign from his position as managing director of the Code Red Esports agency. The decision came after recent public accusations of abuse of power and blackmail toward other industry figures, Chaloner said in a statement released on Twitter. The first accusations came from James Banks, another broadcaster who released a document this past weekend accusing Chaloner and an executive from the company of threats of blackmail and abuse.
According to Banks, both Chaloner and Luke Cotton threatened to blackmail him if he made public his allegations of abuse of power in the workplace. Banks and Chaloner worked together previously in a company called Gfinity, where Chaloner had a higher role in the broadcasting department. He hired Banks as a contractor to work as an event commentator, and Banks now claims that Chaloner punched one of their colleagues and also lobbed verbal abuse and used his position to block eSports talent to get on-air roles.
“I strenuously deny the majority of the accusations made by James Banks and whilst I can be difficult to work with, I have never assaulted anyone. I will not be making any further comment until I have consulted with legal representation,” said Chaloner from his Redeye account. Interestingly, while Chaloner denied all allegations against him, Banks admitted to having threatened Banks and actually apologized for doing so.
Banks’ actions did not stop there, though. Later during the weekend, Banks released old court papers of a case against his ex-wife where she alleged that he abused her and her daughters; however, he was not found guilty in that case. Despite that, the release of those documents ultimately led to Chaloner’s withdrawal from the industry.