The Overwatch League has announced it is taking disciplinary action against three professional players and a team’s head coach.
Los Angeles Valiant’s Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang and Dallas Fuel’s Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen are both receiving fines, while head coach Tae-yeong ‘TaiRong’ Kim of the Houston Outlaws has received a formal warning.
In addition, Fuel’s Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has received an even bigger fine and his second suspension of the season.
Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has proved to be a controversial figure in the Overwatch League so far
Taimou has been fined $1,000 for using homophobic slurs on his personal live stream. The incident actually happened back in January, so the punishment is seemingly long overdue.
Taimou posted an apology on March 8, several weeks after the event, saying ‘I am sorry to the fans and supporters I let down and offended recently.’
Fellow Dallas Fuel player xQc has already been in trouble this season, after making homophobic comments of his own directed at another Overwatch League player.
He was fined $2,000 by the league and suspended for the remainder of Stage 1 by his team.
Now, he’s been fined $4,000 and has been given another suspension for four matches, effective March 12.
Dallas Fuel are having problems both in game and out of game at the moment, with many fines
xQc was found to be using a Twitch emote in a racially disparaging manner against OWL host Malik Forte, and he used offensive language against Overwatch League casters and fellow players on social media and on his live stream.
In the previous incidence, Dallas Fuel extended xQc’s suspension from four matches to the entirety of Stage 1. After the suspension comes into place this time, Fuel will only have four matches left in the Stage, so it remains to be seen whether Dallas will extend the punishment once again.
Right now, xQc will miss matches against Boston Uprising, Philadelphia Fusion, New York Excelsior, and London Spitfire.
Silkthread has been fined $1,000 for account sharing, which is against the terms of the Blizzard End User License Agreement.
Multiple people have been called up on this infringement this season already, including former Shanghai Dragons head coach Chen ‘U4’ Congshan, who left the organisation this week.
Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang of the Los Angeles Valiant was found guilty of account sharing this week
TaiRong has received a formal warning after posting an offensive meme on social media. Before the disciplinary action was announced, TaiRong had already posted an apology and made a donation to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, which the league took into consideration.
‘It is unacceptable for members of the Overwatch League to use or distribute hateful, racist, or discriminatory speech or memes,’ said a statement from the league. ‘It is important for all members to be aware of the impact their speech may have on others.
‘The overwhelming majority of Overwatch League players and staff are taking full advantage of the opportunity to play in the first major global, city-based esports league, and are rising to meet the occasion as the public figures that they are.
‘We are committed to building a community around the Overwatch League that is welcoming and inclusive for all players and fans, and we hope that these disciplinary actions demonstrate our seriousness in that endeavor.’
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