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Just Stop Oil disrupts Tekken 7 EGX tournament due to Barclays sponsorship

Just Stop Oil disrupts Tekken 7 EGX tournament due to Barclays sponsorship
Seems EGX got their security on loan from Gamescom (Picture: Just Stop Oil)

Three environmental activists have been arrested for crashing a Tekken 7 tournament and smearing orange paint on the players’ monitors.

Less than two weeks after storming a performance of Les Miserables , environmental activist group Just Stop Oil targeted a Tekken 7 tournament that was running at games expo EGX over the weekend.

The event was being held at London ’s ExCel centre and during the final match of the tournament, three demonstrators took to the stage to spray the viewing screen with orange paint using water pistols.

They also targeted the players’ monitors, smearing them with orange paint on their hands, before giving a speech to the crowd and then being swiftly removed by security. All three demonstrators have been arrested for criminal damage.

As for why Just Stop Oil targeted a Tekken 7 tournament, it’s because they’re Street Fighter fans the organisation explains it wasn’t because of the game itself but because of EGX and it being sponsored by UK bank Barclays.

Barclays has been criticised by activists for heavily investing in fossil fuels . Earlier this year, activists, and celebrities including Emma Thompson, asked Wimbledon to drop Barclays as a sponsor for that very reason.

🚨 THIS ISN’T A GAME: Just Stop Oil Disrupt UK’s Biggest Gaming Convention 🦺 3 supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted the winners final of Tekken 7 at #EGX2023 , covering the equipment in orange paint. 🖋️ We’re fighting for our lives. Join us — — Just Stop Oil (@JustStop_Oil) October 15, 2023

‘Video games let us escape into new and exciting dimensions, but real world physics are about to deliver the deaths of billions,’ says a spokesperson for Just Stop Oil .

‘Put more carbon into the atmosphere at this point and it’s game over. Gamers co-operate to win, and we need these skills to survive. Everyone must step up and join in civil resistance against new oil and gas, because this isn’t a game. Let’s unite to make this world safe, so that we can get back to exploring cyber worlds.’

The group also called for people to join the organisation for a march occurring on October 29.

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At the time of writing, EGX has not issued a statement on the disruption and doesn’t even acknowledge that it happened on its social media.

In case you’re wondering, the Tekken 7 tournament did eventually continue, with one Hasan ‘JoKa’ Rehman winning the finals and taking home the belt and a £3,000 prize.

Congrats to our #EGX £5000 Tekken 7 Open champion, @byJoka ! He takes home £3000, some very valuable UK/IRE MAJOR points, and a glorious championship belt. GGs to everyone! — EGX Arena (@egxarena) October 15, 2023

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