Overwatch League team Florida Mayhem have dropped popular Overwatch streamer Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare after he told a viewer to “kill themselves” in a recent broadcast. Samito has apologized for the outburst.
Samito came under fire after a clip of him telling a viewer to “kill themselves” went viral on Reddit.
He was visibly frustrated after losing an Overwatch match, before going on a rant against one viewer. The self-proclaimed “world’s angriest gamer” told them to “get the f**k out of my stream.
“Never come back. No one loves you. Kill yourself,” he said.
The streamer was quick to apologize on stream, claiming it was a “freudian slip” after he was told to kill himself during a Call of Duty game the night prior.
However, the clip that went viral was missing this context, according to Samito.
The part that apparently no one wants to show, I'm totally wrong fellas take it on the chin
and to be honest I expected the same punishment others in the league received when they said similar things… I dunno man. While I am totally totally wrong feels like the short stick pic.twitter.com/YpIgiTwtME
— Samito (@SamitoFPS) May 28, 2021
After the community outrage, Florida Mayhem dropped the streamer.
“The comments made by Samito on his recent stream are unacceptable and in no way represent the values of the Florida Mayhem,” it said in a May 28 statement.
The organisation also made a donation to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for an undisclosed amount.
Effective immediately, @SamitoFPS is no longer affiliated with the Florida Mayhem.
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/hjAwOMHSeS
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) May 28, 2021
Samito again apologized for his actions in a May 28 YouTube video. He said he was only expecting to be fined, but accepted his “mistake”.
“I’m 100% accountable for my actions. I’m an idiot. I go full auto pilot when I’m talking shit. That’s just my persona of an angry toxic gamer.”
However, the streamer said he was also going to sue the person who made the clip as they are reportedly a “known troll in my community trying to defame me.”
“I have every ground to sue because there have been many instances in the past where news agencies crop evidence and damage a brand. You need to put the whole picture in,” he said.
Samito added he was not going to look for another organization to join, claiming he can now “be himself”.
“It is very mentally taxing to be a part of mainstream media today. I can very confidently say I never want to do that sh*t for the rest of my damn life.”
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This article was originally published as “Overwatch streamer Samito under fire after telling viewer to ‘kill themselves'”
Additional reporting by Dexerto’s Andrew Amos.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA), the Samaritans 116-123 (UK), or Lifeline 13-11-14 (AUS).