It seems that incidents of inappropriate behavior and discrimination concern not only developers, but also professional esports players. The next victim was Jon Orange Westberg, a professional Hearthstone player.
Only in his case, everything is too serious – the cyberathlete was accused of sexual violence, which happened in 2018. Information about this case surfaced at the beginning of the month and came as a shock to many – at a party, a gamer molested a girl and climbed under her clothes while she was in a state of extreme intoxication.
In reply to Orange wrote big message that it really happened and that he went through therapy, trial and is not looking for excuses or regrets:
I am not writing this in search of forgiveness or sympathy. I am writing because it seems to me that the situation requires an explanation.
Orange also stated that they are temporarily leaving the streaming and pro scene to assess the situation and figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, opinions on the network are divided: the streamer’s fans mostly defend and support him, but there are also many of those who publicly condemned the player who do not believe in his repentance and believe that he should be severely punished (although the punishment was imposed by the Swedish court).
Blizzard reacted as expected and banned Yon from all competitions, although there was no official statement from the companies.