Overwatch League may be fun and games to some, but Blizzard Entertainment takes its endeavor into eSports very seriously. As such, anyone who violates the league’s Code of Conduct will be penalized. In a statement made this week, Overwatch League took disciplinary action against a coach and three players.
Houston Outlaws coach, Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim received a formal warning for an offensive meme he posted on social media. However, TaiRong did issue an apology to the public and donated to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. His acknowledgment of the situation was taken into account when deciding on a proper disciplinary action.
Los Angeles Valiant’s Ted “Silkthread” Wang has been fined $1,000 for violating the Blizzard End User License Agreement by account sharing. Dallas Fuel’s Timo “Taimou” Kettunen was also fined $1,000, but for using anti-gay slurs while he was streaming.
Lastly, starting on March 12th, Dallas Fuel’s Félix “xQc” Lengyel will be suspended for four matches and be fined for $4,000 for using “disparaging” language against players and the Overwatch League casters on his stream and social media, as well as using an emote in a racially insensitive way on the league’s stream and on social media. This is the second time xQc has been fined and suspended.
The Overwatch League concluded its statement:
“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 these disciplinary actions demonstrate our seriousness in that endeavor.”
Back in February, Blizzard Entertainment revealed its “Rules of Competition Summary” to the public which is designed to preserve the integrity of the game.