Philadelphia Fusion, from the Overwatch League, must adjust its starting roster after one of its key players was discovered to be boosting accounts for money.
According to the official announcement, Su-min “Sado” Kim has been found guilty of violating the code of conduct placed by Blizzard. His sentence is a suspension from the upcoming pre-season of the Overwatch League. In addition, he will be unable to participate in the first thirty matches of the inaugural season next year. Sado may only resume his position for Philadelphia Fusion following that in May.
“Overwatch League players are expected to uphold the highest standards of our game, and to be exemplary citizens of our player community,” Blizzard said in a statement. “Participating in ‘account-boosting’ schemes, wherein an individual is paid to increase another user’s Skill Rating, is contrary to these values, and violates the Blizzard End User License Agreement.”
Philadelphia Fusion confirmed that it knew about the investigation for the last several weeks but refrained from mentioning any details until the facts had been uncovered. The esports organization has apologized to its fans and also pointed out that the mistake does not define the character of the player.
“We stand by Sado, have learned that he persevered through tough circumstances, and do not believe that his character is defined by these past mistakes,” Philadelphia Fusion said in a statement. “We look forward to his contributions to our team in the future, and also his growth as a young man.”
Blizzard has a very strict policy when it comes to player behavior for the Overwatch League and the game overall. It has made it abundantly clear at numerous junctions that it will not tolerate anyone who decides to step over the line.
Philadelphia Fusion is one of twelve participating franchises in the Overwatch League that are preparing for the pre-season exhibitional matches next month.