The league also suspended three more players. The disciplinary action ranges from a formal warning to a fine and suspension against the four players.
Overwatch League is not withholding punches when it comes to taking disciplinary actions against the League’s star players. They have suspended Félix xQc Lengyel yet again, but this time for using ‘racially disparaging’ emotes on Twitch.
According to Unikrn, action against xQc is the result of him spamming the Tryhard 7 emoticon while Malik Forte was on screen. But xQc has denied that he was racially motivated and described Forte as a good friend. He also said the it is a global Twitch emote which is used by the community regularly and that it was a part of a smear campaign against him.
Speaking of the suspension, Overwatch League said in their blog:
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.
“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.”