Recently there have been a few incidents in the esports world where players/members have acted like complete dbags and have been widely publicised regarding it.
Whether it was the Corpsegrinder incident a few years ago at Blizzcon, Destiny's infamous hatespeech online (getting him bounced from team to team), other pro players having their 'little moments' or a certain LoL pro getting a massive ban for being a douche in random games, this stuff always seems to be discussed.
Now in nearly all of these cases, the relevant discussions have had a *lot* of people who defended these individuals, especially these days of youtube celebrities and streaming. Not because they like them, but because they find them entertaining - and often someone says something along the lines of 'being a jerk is an important part of gaming tradition' and is the only thing that stops it from being boring. That players should have personalities, even if that personality is being an utter salty douchebag. Because, after all, "it's just a game".
I see a lot of this being used to justify some pretty obnoxious stuff in WoW, whether it's a certain well known guild using a phasing trick to constantly crash the opposite faction's capital or shut down the new daily hub, or someone like Corpsegrinder telling Alliance players to die IRL, a lot of people wheel out the 'just a game and rivalry is good for it, or else we lose our gaming culture'.
I don't know. Okay, some friendly banter can be entertaining, but I don't find antics like some of the crap we've seen in WoW/the gaming world in general cool in the least. I also cannot seperate everything somoene says online with their personalities IRL. I'm really happy that communities and organizations are cracking down on this stuff, whether it being banning people from the ladder for spouting garbage or penalizing them in their esports careers. I think that it's needed if people ever want to get rid of the image of the 'emotionally damaged manchild progamer' and make gaming into a slightly more respected passtime.
TL/DR: What do you think? Is being a jerk an important part of gaming? Or should companies/communities/organizations continue to take steps to enforce a minimum standard of behaviour?
EDIT: Okay, please lets keep this on topic and constructive.