Virtual horse racing awards attract controversy

Online community protests at 'Icon Awards'

Virtual horse racing provider Digiturf has faced a backlash from fans after unveiling the winners of their inaugural 'Icon Awards'.

Designed to confer legendary status on the best online trainers to have graced the virtual horse world, the organisers were left facing a tirade from disgruntled gamers. Not only did they disagree with some of the chosen winners, they also protested at some names omitted from the final roll of honour.

In particular, there was a dispute over the lack of recognition for some of the longest-serving trainers in the community, as well as many multiple-trophy winners. There was also the fact that being inducted into the Digiturf Hall of Fame did not appear to be a guarantee of icon status.

Furthermore, eyebrows were raised when it transpired that one player now considered an icon is a relative rookie on the site, having been training virtual horses for less than a year.

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