Today, the Overwatch League announced the punishment of seven Overwatch League players for account sharing, boosting, and toxicity. The seven players are: Damon “Apply” Conti, Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse, Cai “Krystal” Shi-long, Park “Neko” Se-hyun, Riku “Ripa” Toivanen, Lee “Rise” Won-jae, and Park “Violet” Min-ki.
Apply, Colourhex, and Violet have been suspended for two games for account boosting, while Krystal has been suspended one game for the same charge. The Toronto Defiant’s Neko has been suspended for three games for boosting, account sharing, and for obstructing official league investigation. Meanwhile, the Gladiators’ Ripa has been suspended five games for throwing matches online and toxicity. The Guangzhou Charge’s Rise will only be fined $1000 for account sharing.
The Overwatch League will continue to update this document as they continue to investigate player misconduct going into the 2019 season. Earlier this year, the Overwatch League punished Fusion tank Kim “SADO” Su-min with a three stage ban, but the severity of his actions were much higher than any of the current instances. It is likely that the boosting from these players was minimal compared to SADO, who operated an entire boosting ring in South Korea prior to joining the Overwatch League.
A consistent public database of player punishment is important for the future of the league and sets a precedent for future misconduct. It makes players aware of the issue, while also giving the community a reference to weigh in on Overwatch League decisions. Teams like the Hangzhou Spark have already begun to recognize player punishments and are fully supporting league decisions.