Philadelphia Fusion‘s tank player Su-Min “SADO” Kim disappeared from the team’s roster a few weeks ago. Fans began to speculate, but nothing was for certain.
“Overwatch League players are expected to uphold the highest standards of our game, and to be exemplary citizens of our player community. 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. As such, the Overwatch League has chosen to suspend Su-Min “Sado” Kim, of the Philadelphia Fusion, for the preseason and the first 30 matches of the inaugural season.”
The controversy began when Fusion first announced their team roster early November.
Many Overwatch fans recognized SADO’s name as an infamous “booster.” The South Korean player’s illegal actions had been confirmed by many well-known players and coaches, so it was a shock to the country’s gaming community when he was still signed overseas.
While many people have voiced that SADO’s actions aren’t that offensive or disruptive – since the boosted players will most likely be destroyed by their highly ranked counterparts once they take the account back – Blizzard has stated that boosting is illegal. Period. And to prove they won’t tolerate illegal behavior in the inaugural League season, SADO was suspended.
Despite the mounting controversy, Fusion has stayed by SADO’s side, garnering respect from the Overwatch League community. Although some fans feel that SADO should also be removed from Philadelphia’s team for good. Either way, the team offered this statement on their Twitter page soon after Blizzard’s announcement:
It reads: “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. We look forward to his contributions to our team in the future, and also his growth as a young man.”
SADO will resume his position on the Philadelphia Fusion’s roster following his 30 game suspension.
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