An Overwatch pro player who goes by the name “Dafran” has been banned from season 5 of competitive play for the remainder of the season. In addition, Blizzard has also suspended all of his current accounts from the game for one week. This comes shortly after the player was found throwing competitive matches and encouraging others to do so as well.
For those of you who don’t know, Dafran was a part of the Overwatch esports team Selfless, who were practicing to compete in the recently announced Overwatch Contenders — An aspiring Overwatch league aimed at those seeking to play professionally. Dafran was disqualified from season zero of the tournament, as well as from season one. Furthermore, Blizzard decided to suspend the popular player from all future tournament play surrounding the company for the remainder of season 5.
The rest of the team is still able to participate provided they find a suitable substitute. Selfless released a statement themselves, saying that, “Upon further VOD review of Dafran’s behavior, especially this past night, we have found his actions to be completely unacceptable, and in clear violation of Blizzard’s rules around player conduct, in addition to our own expectations of player/teammate conduct.”
Dafran himself left his remarks via Twitter. Unfortunately, he basically trolled the community with regard to the entire situation.
Dafran did show a small sign of remorse in another Twitlonger post wherein he stated, “I honestly do not give a s— what happens to me and my f—— career, you can all go f— yourselves…BUT, I am starting to realize my actions may be affecting my organization, teammates, and their careers….time to reform into Seagull V2 and be a cute little nice guy FeelsBadMan. Troll community, disband…” Dafran left a few more comments in regards to the situation, saying “I reap what I sow and I deserve this,” and “I honestly do not give a f—. Don’t worry about me boys 🙂 freedom and peace at last, c u in 3 months.”
In other news, the Overwatch Anniversary event is set to end very shortly. Controversy has surrounded the game recently in regards to its lootbox system, with players feeling that the chances of attaining the cosmetics they want is far lower than ever before. And it’s no secret that this is true. In fact, Blizzard decided to give out double XP for the weekend in response to the issue, so be sure to hop on and play as many matches as possible before it ends on June 12th. The double XP applies to all of the following:
- Time spent in a match
- Completing a match
- Completing consecutive matches
- Winning a match
- Backfilling a match in progress
- Earning medals
Grabbing a friend wouldn’t be a bad idea, as it grants those who do so a 20% XP bonus. Make sure to get out there and get those lootboxes!
Permanent bans for competitive play may very well be on the way as well, as noted in an Overwatch forum post by game director Jeff Kaplan. He said, “Our philosophy has been that we would rather not have players leaving the game at all (especially in competitive play). We keep increasing the penalty for leaving and will continue to do so. We’re in the process of implementing a new policy which would take into account how many Competitive Seasons you have been banned from and at a certain point, prevent you from playing Competitive ever again.”
What do you think? A bit too harsh, maybe? I think it is perfectly warranted. If someone has bad enough internet that causes them to disconnect, they probably shouldn’t be playing competitive at all. With throwers and leavers, they simply need to be stopped. New accounts can always be made (specifically on consoles) without any costs. It is good to see Blizzard combating the issue head on.
Season 5 of competitive play is officially underway. How are your matches going? Are you hitting any early season goals? Let us know over on our Twitter @ObiliskGames!