Overwatch League Team Dallas Fuel Release Felix "xQc" Lengyel

Joanna Estrada
March 14, 2018

The Overwatch League has taken disciplinary action against three players and a coach, Blizzard has recently confirmed.

Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel has just announced the release of Felix "xQc" Lengyel. "No one wants to see Félix succeed more than we do, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him". There is still quite a bit of talent on the roster, especially at the DPS position, but the Fuel have a long way to climb in order to make it to the playoffs at the end of the season. Taimou was fined $1,000 United States dollars for using anti-gay slurs in a personal stream, whicle xQc was suspended for four matches and fined $4,000 for using disparaging language alongside offensive emotes. He was previously fined $2,000 and suspended for four games for using an anti-gay slur against another player on his personal stream; the Dallas Fuel had added onto the league's punishment by benching him for the remainder of Stage 1. Last week, xQc himself made it clear that he would likely step down from Dallas Fuel for being suspended. Esports' journalist Rod Breslau said the new addition was meant to replace xQc and Timo "Taimou" Kettunen, notes ESPN.

Tae-yeong "TaiRong" Kim, from the Houston Outlaws, also received a warning for posting what Blizzard labeled as an "offensive meme" on social media. 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.

"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". The league has evolved immensely from the first phase with teams now showing deeper know-how of the weaknesses of the other teams.

This trend of picking a weakness of others is a common strategy now in franchised sports. Despite some controversies early on, the Overwatch League appears to be a mostly successful venture for Blizzard, and shows no signs of slowing down.

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