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Overwatch pro FR3E sentenced to jail for sexual harassment of a minor

Published: 10/Sep/2020 21:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch pro Tae-in ‘FR3E’ Yoon has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexual harassment of a minor, according to South Korean news.

FR3E had recently played with the Korean Contenders team OZ Gaming, finishing fourth in the first season of 2020, and had been competing as far back as APEX season 4 in 2017.

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Yonhap News reported that Judge Lee Jeong-min sentenced Yoon to a year in jail and ordered him to complete a 40-hour sexual violence treatment program after sexually harassing a minor.

The site claims that Yoon was charged last year after he forcibly harassed the victim by touching part of their body.

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Yoon’s lawyer claimed that while he told the victim he not partake in “skinship,” when he saw the victim falling asleep with their arm out, it led to “crime of love.”

A “skinship” is a term used in Korea. Wiktionary defines it as “bonding through physical contact.”

Furthermore, the court didn’t accept an argument that the age difference between FR3E and the victim wasn’t great enough to warrant a punishment for offenses against minors.

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FR3E is known for his D.Va and Zarya.

The judge explained that because FR3E harassed the sleeping victim and inflicted a degree of “secondary damage,” the year sentence was more than warranted.

For his part, Yoon apologized to the victim and their parents for what had happened and accepted the punishment the judge handed to him.

Yoon is hardly the first Overwatch or esport pro to be in trouble with sexual allegations. Notably, 2020 was filled with multiple allegations against Super Smash Bros pros.

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On the Overwatch front, the 2019-2020 season also saw the Boston Uprising released off-tank Walid ‘Mouffin’ Bassal after he was accused of sexual misconduct by members of the Overwatch community.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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