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Technology • Games
Police in Belarus detains professional esports athlete Oleg "Lasthero" Demidovich, location unknown
Police in Belarus detains professional esports athlete Oleg "Lasthero" Demidovich, location unknown
Credit: B8 Twitter

The professional Dota 2 esports organization B8 has announced that one of their players has been detained by the police in Belarus. On Tuesday evening he went out to meet with friends on Victoria Square in Minsk. According to the statement "police officers approached them and, for reasons unknown to us, took them into Victoria Square metro station building, where there were already about 50 detainees".

On Wednesday his friends found out that he had been detained. His exact location and condition are unknown, but his friends suspect him to be detained in a preliminary prison in the Zhodino, Minsk region.

Demidovich currently plays for the organization of Danil "Dendi" Ishutin the winner of the Dota 2 world championships "The International" in 2011.

Technology • Internet & Web
Dozen of women are coming forward with reports of sexual harassment and assault by major Twitch streamers
Dozen of women are coming forward with reports of sexual harassment and assault by major Twitch streamers
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According to a write-up of Rod Breslau (alias "Slasher"), an independent eSports and gaming journalist, multiple women of the streaming and gaming industry have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault against multiple YouTube and Twitch streamers and other personalities of the gaming and eSports industry.

Omeed Dariani, one of the accused, has stepped down as CEO of the OP Group following the allegations. Over 50 different people have been accused of varying forms of sexual harassment and misconduct, prompting Twitch to a public response. In a tweet, the platform stated that they are "actively looking into the accounts" and that they "will work with law enforcement where applicable".

Sports
Professional tennis players will compete in virtual Mario Tennis
Serena William,  2013 US Open.
Serena William, 2013 US Open. Credit: Edwin Martinez (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Sixteen professional tennis players and celebrities will battle in an online tournament of the Nintendo game Mario Tennis Aces. The contestants will play in pairs composed each of one celebrity and one professional tennis athlete with Facebook live-streaming the event on Sunday 3 May. The winning team can choose a charity towards which a donation of $1m will be donated to.

The pairs competing include Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill, Venus Williams and Deandre Hopkins, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki, Madison Keys and Seal, Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae.