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EA Bans ‘FIFA’ Streamer From Its Games Over Toxic Behaviour

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EA Bans ‘FIFA’ Streamer From Its Games Over Toxic Behaviour

Electronic Arts (EA) has permanently banned FIFA streamer Kurt Fenech from its games over toxic behaviour.

In November 2019, the YouTuber, who goes by the name Kurt0411, was banned from playing FIFA 20 events by EA after a series of Code of Conduct violations in which he threatened EA employees and fellow competitive players.

Following the ban, EA employees’ Twitter accounts were allegedly hacked to display messages supporting Fenech and several FIFA support staff reported personal abuse from the gamer. As a result, Fenech has now been banned from all of EA’s games and services.

In a statement shared on Twitter regarding the ban, EA stated that Fenech’s messages “crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks” and that the game publisher will “not tolerate threatening behaviour”. The full statement reads:

“We build games and communities for players to have fun. Creating a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone without fear of harassment or abuse is a vital part of that. Our Terms of Service include a Code of Conduct that we must ask players to abide by to keep our communities healthy and safe. We have an ongoing focus to create communities where everyone feels safe and respected, including in-game toxicity reporting tools as well as new moderation tools. And we will continue to add more features.”

EA’s decision follows from a previous ban from October 2018 in which Fenech was suspended from competing in EA’s FIFA 19 eSports tournaments for two months for abusive behaviour towards FIFA players. What’s more, many of Fenech’s videos have featured attacks on FIFA players and EA Sports staff members. One video showed Fenech repeatedly spitting on an EA FIFA 19 scarf.

A Bad Week For EA

In response to the ban, Fenech shared a series of tweets criticising EA’s decision saying: “Incredible stuff honestly, banning me from their eSports wasn’t enough, now they shut down my ten-year plus FUT Founder account. No words.

“End of the day I have never said anything I shouldn’t have. This is just deeper than anyone thinks. They didn’t want me competing at events cos they were scared I’d win them, now I’m the 2nd biggest streamer of their game and they’re scared I’ll overtake their golden boy.”

The news comes amid a bad week for EA who experienced technical problems on Thursday night (February 27) which saw FIFA players face difficulty connecting to the game’s servers. EA shared a tweet yesterday about the server problems and stated they had launched an investigation into the issue.

According to EA’s support Twitter account, the issues also affected their websites, services and other games such as Apex Legends. The issues were resolved several hours later.

Image credit: EA Sports YouTube

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