Felix Lengyel, aka xQc of the Dallas Fuel, has been fined $2,000 and suspended for four games by the league. Atop that, the Fuel suspended Lengyel for the remainder of stage 1, which means until Feb. 10.
An Overwatch player on the Dallas Fuel team in this year’s Overwatch League has been suspended for comments after a match.
Overwatch pro Félix “xQc” Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel has been suspended from the Overwatch League in the wake of a homophobic insult directed at Austin “Muma” Wilmot that came shortly after Wilmot’s Houston Outlaws swept the Fuel 4-0 on Thursday. As reported by Kotaku, Wilmot used the line “rolled and smoked” during the OWL stream, a crack that Lengyel is known for, which led Lengyel—who didn’t play in the match—to react angrily in a post-match stream.
“No, you didn’t smoke shit. Shut your fucking mouth,” Lengyel said. “Go back there, suck a fat cock. I mean, he would like that.”
The comments come just days after a transphobic ad accidentally ran on the Twitch stream for the Overwatch League.
A public apology was issued on Twitter over the incident.
The team will be taking disciplinary action related to recent comments made by Felix “@xQc” Lengyel. xQc will not be active for tonight’s match. Additional details forthcoming.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) January 19, 2018
Said apology created a slew of feedback from commentators and fans. Some people correctly asserted that this kind of behavior is never OK, others cast the incident as a mistake borne of immaturity and stress. Much like the controversy over Pewdiepie’s racist comments, if someone’s default response when emotional is to spew bigotry, they probably aren’t making a mistake. Odds are that they are fully aware of their behavior and its impact. How many times can people engage in bigotry and still get excused for it?