Everyone knows how impressive Overwatch is – the excitement that it
gives is evident in every player in every game. Every player is unique in
expressing how they felt while playing. It is either making loud cheers or
typing on the chat conversation. While there is nothing wrong in expressing how
you would feel but make sure you know if your chat conversation can be seen
live by the public. Because of this chat conversation, two league players were
fined of $1000 each.
$1000 for a Chat Conversation?
It all started because of an in-game chat between two players, Kim
Dong-jun or also known as “Rascal” of San Francisco Shock and Mun Jung-won or
“Lastro” of Los Angeles Valiant. The league match was held over the weekend,
April 5, 2020. By the looks of it, Lastro perhaps have enjoyed the game so much
that he typed two profanities into the chatbox. However, who would have thought
the enjoyment would all got spoiled and worst – needs to pay the fine
Depending on the player, it would be just natural for you to avoid
profanity and other things if you are live streaming as you don’t know if you
have a younger audience watching at that moment. It was just normal for other
players in the game to be amused or shocked by Lastro’s comments. But what was
even surprising was Rascal also commented another profanity word.
There is nothing wrong with friendly banter as every player is absorbed
into the game. This is still acceptable, especially for fifth graders who were
playing an online game. However, if it is between professional Overwatch league
players, whether it is a friendly match or inside the game arena, it depends.
If it is inappropriate language typed into live chat conversation, it is
It Was Too Late…
Another player have tried to intervene and even warned the two
players to refrain from it as it is a live chat, and anyone who is watching can
read it. The intention was good, but it was too late as the damage have been
done. To add to that, there is already someone who has screengrab the
conversation and posted it on Twitter.
This became evident that both the players, Lastro and Rascal, had
broken the Overwatch League’s Code of Conduct and Rules of Competition. Both of these players need to face the
consequence of their actions. Both of them need to pay a fine of $1000 for
using explicit language during their league match. This punishment was posted
on the official discipline tracker of the Overwatch League and was said to be
the first time to have imposed such punishment.
Netizens have mixed reactions to this management. Others were
disappointed by the punishment being imposed as the fine was a bit too much. For
them, it was the company’s mistake as they have allowed the chat to live during
the game stream. Others have agreed that the players should face punishment,
but it should have just been in the form of warning as well as an apology.
With this, whether you are a pro gamer or not, live chat or private
chat, it would still be better to refrain from using profanities.