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Homophobia, racism and revenge porn scandals rock Overwatch League

Homophobia, racism and revenge porn scandals rock Overwatch League

There have been a number of controversies surrounding Blizzard's Overwatch League last week.

Engadget reports that Dallas Fuel pro Felix 'xQc' Lengyel has been suspended for "repeatedly used an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league's stream and on social media," while also using "disparaging language" towards other players and commentators both on streams and social media.

This follows a prior suspension for a homophobic slur.

Meanwhile, fellow Fuel player Timo 'Taimou' Kettunen has been fined $1,000 for using homophobic slurs while on a stream, taking to Twitter to apologise.

Over in the Houston Outlaws team, coach Tae-yeong 'TaiRong' Kim has been issued with a formal warning after he posted a meme joking about the American nuclear bomb strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kim has since made a donation to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation by way of an apology.

Furthermore, Ted 'Silkthread' Wang from LA Valiant has been fined $1,000 for account sharing, violating Blizzard's terms of service.

If all this wasn't enough, Twitch moderator UncleSwagg has been stripped of his duties looking after more then 100 Overwatch accounts, including Blizzard's official channel and the Overwatch League for hoarding and distributing revenge porn feature members of the Twitch community.

"UncleSwagg has never been an employee at Blizzard. He was part of a community-driven moderation team, which is currently being dissolved in favor of an in-house team," Blizzard told PCGamer.

"Overwatch is committed to building a community that is welcoming and inclusive for all players and fans. Harassment is something that Blizzard, the Overwatch League, and the Overwatch team takes very seriously, and we will not hesitate to remove these players from our community."


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