Former Dallas Fuel player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has criticized the Overwatch League for its handling of player behaviour.
Since the launch of the Overwatch League, there has been a near-constant flow of drama and controversy surrounding player behaviour.
Despite Blizzard’s well-known stance on toxicity, discrimination, and other negative behaviours in gaming, the Overwatch League, its flagship esports project, has generated more frequent instances of such behaviours than any other major title.
xQc himself was ultimately removed from the Dallas Fuel following his second suspension from the league. A controversial element of that suspension was his use of the “TriHard” Twitch emote in what Blizzard claimed was a “racially disparaging manner”, but xQc claimed was a routine use that had nothing to do with race.
In a recent stream, xQc addressed the issues of player behaviour in the Overwatch League, and states that he believes the Overwatch League should be doing more to help moderate player behaviour in a constructive manner, instead of simply dishing out punishments wherever they find an infringement.
He claims that a simple message informing him of potentially problematic behaviour would have helped to avoid a lot of the drama that not only cost him his place in the league, but also reflected negatively on the league itself.
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