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Dallas Fuel release HarryHook over ‘misogynistic’ Discord messages

Published: 6/Aug/2020 0:38 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 0:56

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch veteran Jonathan ‘HarryHook’ Tejedor was released by the Dallas Fuel on August 5 over “player misconduct.” The move was apparently in response to ‘misogynistic’ comments he made on Discord.

If you’ve been following Overwatch esports, there’s a good chance you know who HarryHook is. The support player has been a member of the Dallas Fuel since the Inaugural Season of the Overwatch League, and before that he was part of the storied team EnVyUs that competed in APEX.

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Now the Spanish pro’s time in the Overwatch big leagues seems to have come to an abrupt end, as the team officially announced his release on August 5. The Fuel themselves didn’t give a specific reason for why they were cutting ties, only officially saying it was a result of “player misconduct,” but the decision seems to be based on comments HarryHook made on Discord.

According to several Twitter users, HarryHook made disparaging comments towards women on Discord, which he then refused to back down from. Images of the messages started circulating on social media and Reddit, which caught the attention of Fuel management.

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Following his release HarryHook doubled down, tweeting that he wasn’t going to “make a big deal” out of the situation.

“I tried to help this person for some time, and all I was getting sh*t on, this person want more than just being friends,” he tweeted. “I told her no, she wanted more attention, well… I can’t give it, that’s it, sorry for calling some girls wh**es.”

Speaking to Dexerto, HarryHook said he would be looking for opportunities outside of esports following the situation. “I was about to quit in 2 months,” the pro said. “Nothing really changed.”

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“Dallas is in a sh**storm atm, and I f**king love the org,” he clarified. “I don’t think is that bad, but… you know much sh*t going on [at the moment]. So I respect totally their decision.”

Dexerto has also reached out to Regina (@icysorrows), the person who shared additional screenshots of her conversation with HarryHook on Discord, and will update this story as soon as we get a response.

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HarryHook is the second Fuel player to be released within a week.

The Fuel’s roster has been bleeding players over the last few days. On August 3, the team also parted ways with Gui-un ‘Decay’ Jang for “refusing to work with staff.”

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Dallas still has enough players to field a full roster ahead of this weekend’s Countdown Cup though. They will face off against the Washington Justice on August 7 in the final dash towards the post-season.

Additional reporting by Dexerto’s Michael Gwilliam.
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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League’s second straight commissioner, Pete Vlastelica, is stepping down after just one season with the league according to a new report.

According to The Esports Observer, sources claim that Vlastelica, who replaced Nate Nanzer in 2019 will be stepping down from his position.

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However, Vlastelica will remain President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, a title he continued to hold throughout his time as Overwatch League Commissioner.

OWL’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left the league in 2019 to join Epic Games and help grow Fortnite’s competitive scene.

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The 2020 season was moved online after a few homestands.

The Esports Observer’s sources didn’t provide any additional information, and it’s unclear who will be in line to replace him.

However, the league confirmed the report in statement: “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was instrumental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.”

The news comes days before the North American Overwatch League All-Stars event, and just one week before the Grand Finals weekend is set to kick off.

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Unfortunately, the Overwatch League’s third season was heavily hindered by the ongoing global health crisis which put an end to the homestand events – something the league had been promoting hard in past years.

Only a few homestand events ended up happening such as those in Dallas, Washington, New York and Philadelphia before the league switched to an online format for the remainder of the season.

None of the four Asian, two European or two Canadian teams have hosted a homestand event yet as a result.

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Sinatraa and Super in OWL Grand Finals

As Dexerto previously reported, Activision is allowing CDL and OWL teams to skip franchise payments in 2020.

With uncertainty regarding the fourth season and anticipation mounting for Overwatch 2, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the league proceeds.

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Aside from issues facing the league outside of its control, Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant has resonated highly with many Overwatch pros. The 2020 season saw major names such as 2019 MVP Sinatraa retire from Overwatch to pursue a new career competing in Valorant.