Last week we reported that many Overwatch League suspensions would be coming soon. We now have official news from the Overwatch League that 6 players, all from different teams, have been suspended. In addition to the 6 suspensions, Won-Jae “Rise” Lee was fined $1,000 for account sharing. All of the players disciplined by the Overwatch League can be seen below:
Overwatch League Suspensions
Shilong “Krystal” Cai – Hangzhou Spark – Suspended 1 game.
Damon “Apply” Conti – Florida Mayhem – Suspended 2 games.
Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse – Boston Uprising – Suspended 2 games.
MinKi “Violet” Park – San Francisco Shock – Suspended 2 games.
Se-Hyun “Neko” Park – Toronto Defiant – Suspended 3 games.
Riku “Ripa” Toivanen – Los Angeles Gladiators – Suspended 5 games.
Apply, Colourhex, Krystal, Neko, and Violet are all being suspended for Boosting. Ripa is being suspended 5 games for “throwing matches and toxicity”.
Official statement from the OWL: “As players join the Overwatch League, the league office conducts a full review of their conduct and, where appropriate, takes disciplinary action. While the league reviews each case on its own, key factors informing the level of discipline include both the severity and recency of the actions under review. During the season, the league office will continue to evaluate infractions and take action as needed.”
During Season 1 we saw a couple of suspensions. The Dallas Fuel’s OGE was suspended 4 games for boosting. Sado of the Philadelphia Fusion was suspended for the preseason + 30 regular season games for running and advertising a boosting company. Sado was suspended for much longer because of his excessive involvement in account boosting.
Blizzard’s Official Statement: “Overwatch League players are expected to uphold the highest standards of our game, and to be exemplary citizens of our player community. Participating in “account-boosting” schemes, wherein an individual is paid to increase another user’s Skill Rating, is contrary to these values, and violates the Blizzard End User License Agreement. As such, the Overwatch League has chosen to suspend Su-Min “Sado” Kim, of the Philadelphia Fusion, for the preseason and the first 30 matches of the inaugural season.”
Source: Overwatch League