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Blizzard issues punishments to four OWL players

By Nikola Petrov Overwatch 13 Mar 2018 648 views

We recently reported about potential punishments to xQc and Taimou  for offensive speech. Blizzard took action and fined them, alongside two other members.

Overwatch developer announced the disciplinary action on the official OWL website. The four players who get a slap on the wrist are Taimou, TaiRong, Silkthread and xQc.

Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen’s offence was using an anti-gay slur in his personal stream. He has since then apologised for his actions, but Blizzard still fined him $1,000.

Tae-yeong ‘TaiRong’ Kim of the Houston Outlaws has received a formal warning for posting an offensive meme on social media. Short after the incident, he issued an apology via tweet. He claimed ignorance about the offensive nature of his joke and vouched to donate $1,000 to charity to remedy his mistake.

Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang of the Los Angeles Valiant, was caught account sharing, a violation of the Blizzard End User License Agreement. His fine is also $1,000. This is the third instance of account sharing in OWL, after the Shanghai Dragons were fined for the same offence not long ago.

Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, of the Dallas Fuel, is suspended for four matches, effective March 12, and fined $4,000. xQc after repeatedly using an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream and on social media. He did not help his case when he also had an uncivil exchange with one of OWL’s commentators – MonteCristo on social media.

This is not the first time xQc attracts negative attention. He has already been warned, fined and suspended in the past. However, this looks to be the final nail in the coffin for his OWL career, because he was let go from his team as a direct result. According to their official statement, it was a mutual decision to terminate his contract, even though it was set to last for the entire duration of the season.

Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel had this to say:

‘There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch. Ultimately, it was in the best interest of our organization and Félix to part ways before the expiration of his contract. No one wants to see Félix succeed more than we do, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I want to thank him for his time and the passion he brought to the Dallas Fuel.’

Overwatch fans have expressed mixed opinions. Some say that the punishments are well deserved, others believe the incidents are blown out of proportion.

Some commenters believe Blizzard should also take action against MonteCristo, since he also participated in the exchange. However, this is not very likely to happen.