Dream Openly Admits to Cheating After Months of Denial
The speed runner and content creator Dream, also known as Clay, was suspected of cheating in his latest Minecraft speed running submission to Speedrun.com. Moderators rejected his speed run submission at the suspicion that Dream had been using mods that increased item drops for rare items, such as Ender pearls and blaze rods, which play a significant part in completing the game.
Eventually, Spreedrun.com led an investigation into Dream's situation that lasted several months. Dream had actively argued against these results. Dream's fan base and followers were quick to send "hate" replies to people exposing Dream on his cheating accusations, claiming that he did not cheat during the speed runs.
Recently, five months after the incident, Dream has released his full perspective on the incident. After ignoring and denying all accusations, he now explains what went wrong, in an attempt to shut down all rumours.
In the post, Dream openly admits to using a disallowed mod, but innocently claims that he was unaware that the mod was being used at the time.
"As much as I was confident that I didn’t cheat, I had never explored the option that I possibly did. Due to the way I reacted to the mods and perceived everything going on I was convinced that they were out to get me. I tunnel visioned and was paranoid and didn’t think straight. I had plenty of valid reasons to believe that they weren’t impartial, and had the mod team and I been completely friendly from the beginning I believe it never would have gotten to the point that it did.
When I realized this, I felt an extreme sense of guilt and I took down my response video not believing in what I said in the video at all anymore. This was a couple months ago at this point I believe. When the drama first started I cared more about defending myself and being right, then about figuring out what was actually going on and I shot myself in the foot by doing it."
Clay, Dream SMP
While tensions between Dream and the moderators stayed heated, Dream's donations from his controversy video were being rejected by the moderator group. They later removed his past speed runs in uncertainty that they may have been modded.
With Dream calling the moderation group "extremely unprofessional" throughout the issue, he claims that he wished he had handled the situation differently, leaving us with an apology and wishing that his fans don’t send "hate" to the moderation team or anyone involved in the situation.
"I think the whole situation was extremely shitty overall for everyone involved and I wish that I could go back and do things differently because it was some of the worst weeks of my life and still impacts me every day. I'm sorry to anyone that I let down or disappointed. I always strive to be the best person that I can be and that whole debacle wasn’t the best that I can be or anywhere near it. I hope this brings some closure to anyone who needed it, and I really want to move forward with positive vibes like I’ve been trying my best to promote as much as I can."
Clay, Dream SMP