Overwatch League Takes Action Against Inappropriate Behavior; Dallas Fuel Parts Ways With A Controversial Player

overwatch dallas fuel xqcOver the past few months, the Overwatch community has seen a continued rise in toxic behavior. Behavior which has now started to infest the Overwatch e-sports league itself prompting ESPN to call out Blizzard Entertainment due to their apparent lack of response on the matter. Especially after Overwatch League player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen of Dallas Fuel was caught using homophobic remarks during a live Twitch stream.

In response, the League has taken disciplinary action against Taimou and other players accused of inappropriate behavior, including fellow Dallas Fuel player Felix “xQc” Lengyel. Taimou was fined $1000, while xQc was fined $4,000 and suspended for four matches, his second offense in three months.

“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.”

Dallas Fuel went on to release xQc from their roster. “There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch,” said Dallas Fuel Owner Mike Rufail in a recent press release. “Ultimately, it was in the best interest of our organization and Félix to part ways before the expiration of his contract.”

The League also fined Los Angeles Valiant player Ted “Silkthread” Wang $1000 for account sharing, and issued a formal warning to Houston Outlaws player Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim for “posting an offensive meme on social media.”

The League warns professional players about toxic behavior. “It is unacceptable for members of the Overwatch League to use or distribute hateful, racist, or discriminatory speech or memes. 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.”

MLG’s Watchpoint talks about the xQc incident in their recap of Stage 2 Week 3 of the Overwatch League. You can check that out after the break.

  • Sockrates

    I take it these folks haven't bridged the gap mentally that this is a job now. Sure they're free to do whatever they please, and culture will be culture (yeah I'm looking at you muh freedom of speechers), but when the lines of work and play are blurred like this, I'm honestly not surprised they lacked the self-discipline to adapt. True professionals of any job still know how to have fun and not do anything to get themselves fired, and different jobs have different standards.

    • Heinrich Libich

      I think the problem is more on Blizzards (especially Overwatch) side by buying into the SJW culture. On the other hand, the guy used an emote on twitch, so he basically is proven to be a Nazi.

      • Sockrates

        That last part I can't tell if you're just exaggerating, because of Poe's law. We both know how absurd that sounds, and I'm dismissing that. But, in more reasonable counters, I think the first part though is not because of SJW culture. You could make the argument that Overwatch has that sort of left leaning air about it, and I'd actually agree with you there. But there's something else.

        Think about it for a second here. You have ESPN calling Blizzard out because money, advertising, and initial image is on the line. You have actual children watching these players in the Blizzard arena with their parents. If you're pinning the blame on SJW culture then you're overlooking the general audience that I'm willing to bet is not "SJW cultured" but instead just don't want their kids to start emulating a crappy player idol then having to deal with the fallout of their immaturity. It's parenting. Couple that with advertisers being promised that professional conduct rules be enforced, and suddenly you find Blizzard has more than just "SJW Morals" as reason to, y'know, enforce the rules they laid out in the first place for reasons like these.

        • Heinrich Libich

          He used an emote.... Nothing they did to him and his image can be remotely justified.

          "xQc repeatedly used an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream..."
          Did they show any proof? None whatsoever as it would be pretty hard to prove such a point. So they just slendered him for their own agenda. Pretty shitty behvaior which deserves to be called out for. Not to mention the other things like making sure to use their contacts, so the guy cannot even train and gets benched by his own team, not because the team wanted to do it, but because Blizzard said so.
          Disgusting abuse of power over such a silly "crime".

  • Jeronimo Collares

    game stupid to stupid people!

  • Nubatron

    Tbh, I think Blizzard might be pushing this whole e-sports thing a bit too much. This might not be the case here however, at the end of it, I'm pretty sure it will backfire at some point, when all they do is keep saying how this game is made for e-sports and how they are not tolerating bad behaviour in every single video release or news that is connected to Overwatch.