Wife of Former British PM Gets Media Heat for Joining eSports Firm

The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is back in the video game news thanks to her involvement with an obscure firm by the name of Magnitude Gaming. Although we were unable to locate a website, Magnitude is described by the Daily Mail as "one of a new breed of companies which manage semi-professional teams in the growing ‘e-sport’ world."

According to the Daily Mail, Blair, an attorney by profession, and her 23-year old son Nicky have accepted positions on the board of the fledgling company.

So why is this an issue? The Daily Mail sees hypocrisy in Blair’s involvement with a firm connected – at least peripherally – to violent video games, given that she previously signed on to a report linking violent games to a wave of stabbings in the UK:

The company has run a team playing the Counter-Strike combat game… There have been claims that perpetrators of massacres in the US and Germany have been fans of the game.

Only last year, Mrs Blair… chaired a major inquiry into the growth of knife and gun crime on Britain’s streets which acknowledged the ‘dire consequences on some young people’ of the video games and films they watched.

The resulting report stated: ‘The broader cultural context in which young people live – the music they listen to, the films they watch, the video games and sports they play – are important in articulating values, defining what is ‘cool’ and fashionable, and legitimising social norms.’

Magnitude founder Gabriel Moraes, who is Nicky Blair’s housemate, issued a statement on the flap:

Magnitude has never been involved with games containing any kind of street violence. We had one game involving soldiers in military combat but it had a rating of 18-plus and was a team game. We stopped involvement with that game some months ago.

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12 comments

  1. State says:

    Now they resort to blatant lying to sell the news like they have always done and they always will.

    Please can you get your facts straight before posting such comments. The Mail was not referring to the Byron Review but rather "The Street Weapons Commission Report" in which you can find that quote. Link below:

    http://www.channel4.com/news/microsites/S/street_weapons_commission/pdfs/C4_SWC_final_report.pdf

    Yes it does appear that Cherie Blair is a hyprocrit, but then again she is married to Tony Blair so I wouldn’t expect anything else. The whole report was in part criticising the government and their policies (although I haven’t read the whole report but I seem to get the gist of it and this was what was promoted in their adverts) although it was done after Blair was out of power so that Cherie Blair could lay the blame onto Brown and not her own husband.

  2. TBoneTony says:


    Only last year, Mrs Blair… chaired a major inquiry into the growth of knife and gun crime on Britain’s streets which acknowledged the ‘dire consequences on some young people’ of the video games and films they watched.

    The resulting report stated: ‘The broader cultural context in which young people live – the music they listen to, the films they watch, the video games and sports they play – are important in articulating values, defining what is ‘cool’ and fashionable, and legitimising social norms.’

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    Really? I thought that was the Byron Review that was the major inquiry and in the end it only said that Parents need to have better communication given to them by the resources that have always been there ever since 1984. Via a ratings system like the BBFC or the PEGI.

    And didn’t the Byron Review also said that the news stories that provoke fear of videogames being harmful and full of emotions are the very thing that is not really good for communicating to parents?

    Too bad that the Daily Mail never listens to good advice, or else they would have more people reading the news…

    Now they resort to blatant lying to sell the news like they have always done and they always will.

     

    In the next 30 years, nobody would want to read newspapers anymore because of the trash that is in them.

     

     

  3. Father Time says:

    For some reason this reminds me of the clip from penn and teller comparing football to video games

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsTly3pe_Uk&feature=related

    6:42

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  4. State says:

    Cue the "I’ve played GTA and I’ve never felt the urge to go out hijack a vehicle and kill someone" comment.

  5. Erik says:

    In other news, the perpetrators of the massacres in US and in Germany wore shoes and possessed a respiratory system.  Politicians are looking into how they can use your fear and ignorance on these so called "threats" of shoes and breathing to whore up some votes.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  6. Shoehorn Oplenty says:

    "The company has run a team playing the Counter-Strike combat game… There have been claims that perpetrators of massacres in the US and Germany have been fans of the game."

    There have also been claims that millions of completely normal, law-abiding people have been fans of the game and have never gone on to commit a crime, but that’s not half as attention grabbing…

  7. State says:

    Cherie Blair also has links to a ruthless man who caused great damage to his own country as well as being a warmongerer who launched an unjustified invasion into another country, his name is Tony Blair.

  8. Vordus says:

    This is just yet another excuse to attack Cherie Blair simply for the reason that the press didn’t particularly like her.

  9. JDKJ says:

    And in related news, Richard Taylor has quit the position of Knife-Crime Czar and accepted an appointment to the Ginzu Company’s board of directors.

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