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Overwatch League Suspended A Player Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

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Overwatch League suspended Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez after he was accused of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The issue came to light when screenshots of a conversation thread between Sanchez and the 14-year old fan were displayed. The screenshots were accompanied with the statement from the minor.

After the conversation was picked up, Overwatch League reacted with a tweet, “Earlier today the Overwatch League was made aware of the allegations against Jonathan ‘DreamKazper’ Sanchez.” The tweet further read that in the wake of such allegations, the 21-year-old player, who is fondly called DK, has been suspended indeterminately as the investigation into the matter progresses.

Sanchez’s team Boston Uprising also tweeted that they are aware of the accusations against their player, but would not make any further statement as of now. “We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and as a result DreamKazper has been suspended from the Boston Uprising indefinitely,” Boston Uprising tweeted.

Sanchez is not the first one that Overwatch League has suspended in recent times. The most talked about case is that of former Dallas Fuel player, Felix “xQc” Lengyel, who disengaged with his team after a host of suspensions and fines over inappropriate behavior. And most recently, another Dallas Fuel player, Min-seok “OGE” Son was suspended for four games over account boosting in 2017.

Overwatch League suspended xQc for four games in addition to a fine of $4,000 for multiple social media violations and “disparaging language.” xQc, earlier in March, said that the casters for the Overwatch League were “Cancer.” At the time, Fuel owner Mile Rufail said that it is in the best interest of both of the parties to call it off before the expiration of his (Felix) contract.

“No one wants to see Félix succeed more than we do, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I want to thank him for his time and the passion he brought to the Dallas Fuel,” Rufail said.

To compensate for the void created by xQc, Fuel added Min-Seok “OGE” Son to its roster. However, shortly after his inclusion, Overwatch League suspended OGE as well for four games over taking part in “Account Boosting” schemes during the summer of 2017. Account Boosting is the term used wherein an individual is paid to notch up the skill ratings of another user, something that is not included in the Do’s list of Overwatch League.

However, OGE escaped with much less punishment than what was handed to Philadelphia Fusion player Su-Min “Sado” Kim, notes Overwatchwire. Sado was suspended for thirty matches after he was accused of account boosting business in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Blizzard is releasing a host of skins along with fresh emotes and cool sprays ahead of the big event on Tuesday. Eight legendary skins will be launched by Blizzard on the eventful day. It is already known that Reaper, Moira and Shimada brothers are getting the new skins. Legendary skins are not just available in the loot boxes, but also available with an in-game purchase with gold. Legendaries usually cost 3,000 gold a piece.

Earlier, Blizzard confirmed the arrival of Overwatch Uprising for the second season. And, the latest teaser hints that this year’s event will have a Blackwater theme. In the 2017 Uprising, Players saw Tracer’s first ever mission as part of Overwatch. Now, Retribution – part of the Overwatch Archives event – talks about something more interesting. The Archives Event will start April 10 and will be available to play on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

“Travel eight years into the past and join Blackwatch as they seek to capture a high-ranking member of the Talon organization,” read a post from Blizzard. “Fight in the streets of Venice as Genji, Moira, McCree, or Reyes (later known as Reaper) to complete the mission and unlock pieces of the past with over 100 items from last year and 60 new ones—including highlight intros, emotes, sprays, and more.”

Players will also be able to relish last year’s Uprising mode during the Overwatch Archives event in both the Story Mode and All Heroes Mode. The Story Mode would retell Tracer’s first mission in King’s Row with four heroes – Tracer, Mercy, Torbjorn and Reinhardt. All Heroes Mode would let the player play the same King’s Row mission, but there would be no limit on the number of Heroes.