Riot partners with the Peach Belt Conference, Blizzard takes OWL toxicity seriously with suspension and fine

E-sports is continuing its rise in respectability: ESPN reports that Riot Games has partnered with the Peach Belt Conference, known to “real” sports fans as a creditable NCAA division II lineup. Teams from the dozen universities in the conference will compete in to play in the Peach Belt League of Legends championship in March and ultimately the League of Legends College Championship in June. You’ll recall that schools from multiple division II conferences do already participate in the latter championship, but those conferences aren’t full partners with Riot.

While you’re still reeling from ESPN covering e-sports, this Overwatch League bit will pop your eyebrows up again. Dallas Fuel player Félix “xQc” Lengyel got into an internet spat with the Houston Outlaws’ Austin “Muma” Wilmot during which the former made a homophobic remark to the latter (who is in fact openly gay). Though the pair made up on Twitter, Blizzard suspended Lengyel for four matches and fined him $2000, while his team will bench him for additional matches and reportedly give him additional support and training. We’re assuming that’s training on how to shut the fudge up son as you will not be screwing this bajillion-dollar thing Acti-Blizz has going with your trash mouth. Yes, this is real life.

In other e-sports news this week, Overwatch team Lunatic-Hai completely disbanded. As Kotaku reports, the team had been one of the most elite in the APEX League but lost most of its best players to another team in the chaos created by the dissolution of said league. In isolation, it probably wouldn’t matter, but in context, it’s another reminder just how volatile the fledgling e-sports industry truly is.

Source: ESPN. Cheers, Sally!
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Peter Couse

So I read the ESPN article and it really did not say much besides “wow isn’t this great!” Admittedly I know almost nothing about e sports, beyond the 90 seconds on Twitch before I go to a followed streamer, so my questions might be simpleton…
1) Do the players get paid like in the professional leagues or is this another dip in the money pool by the NCAA, Riot and whoever is televising on the back of college students?
2) Will the players fall under the same rules as NCAA athletics? Are they limited for gifts, transfers to other schools that participate etc?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Let me see, there must be a quote somewhere around here about being in the big leagues, or was that something about Kansas, ruby slippers and your big boy pants? Can’t remember.

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Siphaed

There’s so much wrong with your post, I’m not even sure where to begin. How about the fact that toughening up has nothing to do with being offended when someone openly makes bigoted remarks to an individual. Racist, homophobic, sexist…they’re all categorically bigoted, malicious attacks against a person based on something that they’re born with.

Furthermore, the term “big boy pants” in condescending in such as way as to assume the person is not a grown up for taking offense of the verbal assault. A civil society is based on the verbal exchanges we partake in. When those exchanges devolve into the dredges of hateful barrages, all civility is tossed out the window. It is only proper to call out the uncivil acts in order to prevent the dredges from pouring mud over society and coercing it into the norm.

And being that it is the “big league” further necessitates the calling out against those that act in such a poor manor. There are many eyes and ears that bear down upon the public showings that they are participants in. Both young and old. Mimicry occurs when an unmoved hand fails to act against the wicked.

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Performensch

Two errors about the OWL ban. The fine is only 2000$ according to all (even your linked) sources and there is a typo “suspended Lengyel for _f_our matches”

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Melissa McDonald

there’s a thing called the Mute button

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Darthbawl

As the great comedian Ron White once said: “I Had the Right to Remain Silent…But I Didn’t Have the Ability” :P

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Knox Harrington

He also said “You can’t fix stupid”

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Mark

Humans have a mute button as well. It’s called closing their mouth and calming the f down before saying something hurtful.

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starbuck1771

I guess the point of mouthing off goes over your head. To hurt or piss off someone is the point as it always has been.

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Schmidt.Capela

Which, thankfully, isn’t acceptable in many circles, as this player receiving a suspension and a large fine goes to show. And my gut feeling is that Blizzard was actually lenient with the player because he publicly apologized for his behavior before Blizzard got involved, otherwise the penalties would have been far harsher.

We really need to curb this culture where people think mouthing off like that is acceptable. It’s not.

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Loopy

Thing is, xQc expressed those remarks during his regular streaming session to thousands of viewers, and seeing how he now represents a professional team the punishments are going to be a whole lot more severe.

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Armsbend

A $20,000 fine? So all of his earnings for the next 3 years?

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Performensch

Minimum pay in OWL is 50k/year but the average is more like 100k/year at the moment. And that is just pure salary not including sponsorship or price money.

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Armsbend

I know I was being a dork. Still – it’s a big chunk of change.