Jayne opens up about social media and mental health

Jayne addresses the taxing nature of being an esports personality

Overwatch's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 15 Jul 2019


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Streaming personality and assistant coach of the Dallas Fuel Justin "Jayne" Conroy opened up about his mental health situation that had been significantly impacted by community feedback. In a heartfelt 3500-word twitlonger, the Canadian elaborated on the challenges of being a community figure, his past ambitions to remain accessible to the public, the dehumanizing stance some fans took towards him and the impact of those circumstances had on his emotional life. 

Furthermore, he addressed his recent run-in with Overwatch blogger Arran “Halo” Brown, his disappointment about the handling of an article by journalist Harry Baker, and the alleged conflict of interest of his second channel Elo Hell Esports releasing an opinion piece about the Dallas Fuel. As a result, Jayne says that he will stay off social media to “think long and hard about how [he’s] going to interact with the public again.” It is advised to read through the entirety of Jayne’s statement for a full understanding of the circumstances. 

In the aftermath of the post, some community figures came forward in support of Jayne. 

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Overwatch League caster Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles came more generally to the defense of polarizing figures within esports. 

Jayne looks to finish out the season with Dallas Fuel. The team ended Stage 3 at a score of 1-6 in 16th place. In the overall rankings, the Texans are currently sitting in 10th place, with a projected difficult remaining schedule. The Fuel may have a hard time finishing in the 7th to 12th range. 

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