Former R6 pro player ‘Kanine’ receives backlash over transphobic tweet

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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Former Rainbow Six Siege professional player Ozgur “Kanine” Alturk is under heavy criticism after he tweeted out a transphobic comment while watching the Six Invitational.

‘Kanine’ posted a transphobic slur directed at professional Siege caster Em “CaptainFluke” Donaldson, which has got the entire Rainbow Six Siege community riled up against him.

Kanine, a former Siege pro player, has played the game competitively since the very early days. Although he didn’t win any major Siege tournaments, he did finish in 2nd place at the inaugural Six Invitational in 2017. However, Kanine’s main legacy was left with the in-game callouts on some specific R6 maps. For example, Chalet’s balcony and Oregon’s “AKs” were known as the “Kanine spot,” as he used to regularly sit on those places, refusing to budge.

Siege fans are now starting a movement to rename the Kanine callouts to ‘Fluke’ in honour of the target of his comments.

Many Siege casters and pro players have already stated that they will not be using Kanine’s name anymore and urges others to follow suit.

“Thank you for retiring in 2019 and saving us the trouble of banning you,” Rainbow Six esports director Wei Yue tweeted at Kanine. “R6 and R6 Esports have no place for sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any kind of bigotry.”

The Six Invitational 2021 Grand Finals will be taking place today, but before that, make sure to catch Siege’s Y6S2 North Star reveal live at 16:30 CEST.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.