Dallas Fuel Main Tank Félix “xQc” Lengyel has been banned for spamming the Twitch Trihard emote “in a racially disparaging manner”, the Overwatch League has confirmed.
xQc posted the emote, depicting black Twitch streamer Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson, 187 times. Many of these were posted while league host Malik Forté, another black man, was on screen.
According to the player, this was nothing more than coincidence. However, the league has issued xQc a four match ban and fined him $4,000 as punishment for the incident.
This follows a previous ban in January. The Overwatch League issued the player a four day ban for homophobic comments made about a fellow OWL professional. However, Dallas Fuel opted to extend his punishment on that occasion, banning xQc from competing in the remainder of the Overwatch League stage one.
The club has yet to comment on the latest incident. It is unknown whether Dallas will extend the punishment beyond the four game period.
Announcing the ban, a Blizzard spokesperson commented:
“It is unacceptable for members of the Overwatch League to use or distribute hateful, racist, or discriminatory speech or memes. 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.”
xQc banned again, but he’s not alone
Given his history, xQc has received the most severe punishment dished out by the Overwatch League on this occasion. However, he isn’t the only player to face disciplinary action as the league begins to crack down on poor behaviour.
His Dallas Fuel teammate, Timo “Taimou” Kettunen was also handed a $1,000 fine for using homophobic slurs on his personal stream. Given the club’s reaction to a similar incident involving xQc, he can expect further punishment in the coming days.
Likewise, the organiser has fined Ted “Silkthread” Wang $1,000 for breaching the Blizzard End User License Agreement. Silkthread has been found guilty of account sharing Blizzard’s statement confirmed.
Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim, head coach of the Houston Outlaws, was mentioned in the statement for sharing an offensive meme on social media. However, he escaped punishment after issuing a heartfelt apology and making a charitable donation.
Blizzard has issued TaiRong with a formal warning for the incident.