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Dafran banned from Competitive Overwatch, suspended from Selfless Gaming

Dafran banned from competitive Overwatch in all forms for the rest of the season.

Daniel “Dafran” Francesca has been suspended from Comeptitive Overwatch for unsportsmanlike conduct pertaining to a stream he did on June 7th, 2017. Prior to the suspension, he tweeted out

Today however in a report put out by Blizzard,

“We have found that Dafran, from Overwatch Contenders team Selfless, has violated Rule 7.0 (Conduct) of the Overwatch Contenders Ruleset, which states the following:

All competitors and spectators are required to act in a respectful sportsmanlike manner at all times.

Due to this violation, as of June 8, Blizzard will suspend Dafran’s access to his current Overwatch accounts for one week, and from Competitive Play for the remainder of Season 5. Further, Dafran is disqualified from Overwatch Contenders Season Zero, will not be eligible for Overwatch Contenders Season One, and is disqualified from all future Blizzard-sanctioned tournament play for the duration of this competitive season. Dafran’s Overwatch Contenders team is still eligible to compete with a substitute.”

Tweet from Richard Lewis and Erik Lonnquist

Defran had been streaming the night of June 7, 2017 and had a rather colorful couple moments. While this writer is unable to access his vods which are currently behind a paywall, investigation into the matter shows several disturbing lines.

Jeff Kaplan recently said on Overwatch’s main message board they were going to take a more critical aim for Competitive griefing and throwing.

screen cap from Jeff Kaplan concerning competitive play.

Consider that statement and then what happened not even a couple hours later to be the enforcement of that statement. Blizzard has been notoriously slow in some cases to handle problems in their games in terms of balancing. From the looks of it, they do not hesitate to handle business when it’s a person or people.

Selfless Statement highlighted on it a bit more.

Our own Jared MacAdam even said “Be toxic in a scene with more talent than teams guaranteeing Overwatch League spots and see how quickly you get stopped.” It begs the question now of who will Selfless get to replace their DPS? Dafran was no slouch on Tracer and with the dive comp meta still reigning supreme in major Tournaments. Suddenly, the question becomes a matter of immediate attention. Ultimately this falls as a blow to Selfless Gaming. Qualifying for one of the 16 spots for the Open Qualifiers in the Overwatch Contenders League in the North American bracket no less than week before this suspension. The shake up and the blending of a new teammate to replace Dafran does not help the mounting pressure for the team to perform.

I used screen shots to show you what information I had a the time of writing this. Things change and text is easy to edit but images are not. If things do change, I will leave the images and have both the old and new information to leave up for speculation.

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