San Francisco Shock has had a player, Park “Viol2t” Min-ki, suspended after the player made incredibly toxic comments while playing Overwatch.
According to DotEsports, the comments included a variety of harassing statements. The most egregious being noted by many is when Viol2t told another player on streamer PVPX’s team to “kill himself” during play. The comments were made via voice chat and spread across the internet. The actions of the support player are in violation of section 6.4 of the Overwatch League’s official code of conduct. Members must not initiate or partake in “any form of harassment or discrimination … including without limitation that which is based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other class or characteristic.”
The change was reported to media and official sources, but did not appear on the official Overwatch League player discipline tracker. This API-based tool tracks disciplinary actions made against tracked accounts which are confirmed to belong to pro players and the like. Usually this is how these stories are confirmed. We found out about this particular incident after San Francisco Shock manager Chris Chung responded to the player’s actions in a statement in the Overwatch League team’s Discord server.
“Viol2t’s actions were not in line with what we expect of our staff and players in or out of game,” said Chung, adding that he will be fined and suspended from the team’s next game, scheduled for August 1.