Four members of the Overwatch League have received warnings and in three cases fines from the league today for various infractions on social and streaming media, all for offensive, racial, and homophobic content. We have the list of offenses below and the actions they’ve taken, courtesy of the league’s website. Considering how toxic some of the Overwatch community can be in esports arenas, the league shouldn’t be surprised by any of this as a walk through any Twitter feed of player reactions from previous tournaments can show a bevy of poor choices in responses. Don’t be surprised if you see teams part with players moving into Phase 3 in April.
Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, of the Dallas Fuel, is fined $1,000 for using anti-gay slurs on his personal stream.
Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim, of the Houston Outlaws, has received a formal warning for posting an offensive meme on social media. After the incident, TaiRong issued an unprompted public apology, and made a donation to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, actions which were taken into account when determining the judgment against him.
Ted “Silkthread” Wang, of the Los Angeles Valiant, is fined $1,000 for account sharing, a violation of the Blizzard End User License Agreement.
Félix “xQc” Lengyel, of the Dallas Fuel, is suspended for four matches, effective March 12, and fined $4,000. xQc repeatedly used an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream and on social media, and used disparaging language against Overwatch League casters and fellow players on social media and on his personal stream. Previously, xQc has been warned, fined, and suspended for similar infractions.
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