A professional Heroes of the Storm player has been suspended from the game for one week, thus being barred from the Heroes Global Championship matches this weekend.
European Heroes player Maksym “Mopsio” Szczypa of Team Zealots was caught essentially throwing a Hero League match by refusing to defend from the enemy team. Upset fans posted the clip to Reddit, where a Heroes community manager stepped in to enforce the rules.
“We have looked into the issue and found that Mopsio was intentionally not participating in a Hero League match on Sept. 12, which undermines the spirit of competition that is essential to Heroes of the Storm,” the community manager wrote. “In accordance with our rules, Mopsio will be suspended from play for seven days.”
The seven-day suspension renders Mopsio ineligible to participate in his team’s HGC matches against Playing Ducks and Fnatic on Sept. 15 and 17, respectively. Zealots will have to find a substitute player to compete with them in their week nine matches. Zealots currently sit in fifth place in the HGC overall leaderboard in Europe, ahead of Team Liquid, Playing Ducks, and Team Good Guys. Fnatic, Team Dignitas, Tricked Esport, and Team Expert lead the standings.
In Blizzard games, not even professional players are above the law. Blizzard’s Heroes ruling for Mopsio is reminiscent of a few other times the developer has suspended Overwatch professionals for bad behavior. In August, Overwatch professional Dante “Danteh” Cruz was suspended for a few days for streaming a Sombra exploit. Earlier in June, former Selfless Gaming DPS Daniel “Dafran” Francesca was banned from all Blizzard-sanctioned events for a few months because of inappropriate behavior on stream.
If professionals want to stay on Blizzard’s good side, they’ve got to play fair.
“We’re continually working on making Heroes of the Storm a fun and safe environment,” the community manager added. “It is deeply important for us to improve the community’s experience both with the game and with each other.”