Overwatch League Announces Sanctions Against Three Players, One Coach

The sanctions include the second suspension for Dallas Fuel’s xQc.

The Overwatch League slapped a number of sanctions on different players and a coach yesterday.

Dallas Fuel’s Felix “xQc” Lengyel will be suspended for four matches and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for using an emote “in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream and on social media, and [using] disparaging language against Overwatch League casters and fellow players on social media and on his personal stream.”

This is not xQc’s first ban—during the first stage of the Overwatch League, xQc got a similar four-game suspension and a $2,000 fine for using a homophobic slur against a member of the Houston Outlaws. The Dallas Fuel then upped his punishment by suspending xQc for the remainder of the season.

Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, another Dallas Fuel player, was fined $1,000 for using anti-gay slurs on his personal stream. Ted “Silkthread” Wang, a player for the Los Angeles Valiant, was hit with a $1,000 fine for account sharing.

The Overwatch League also announced that Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim, the head coach for the Houston Outlaws, was issued a formal warning after sharing an offensive meme on Twitter. The League said it considered TaiRong’s “unprompted public apology” and $1,000 donation to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation when deciding on TaiRong’s punishment.

In announcing the sanctions, the Overwatch League noted that it is “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.”

Michael Domanico is a freelance writer and the host of the Oscars podcast Not Her Again. Follow him on Twitter.


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