A YouTuber has been banned from every single EA game and online service following his long-running feud with the company.
EA claims that Kurt Fenech (known by his username Kurt0411) has been ‘threatening towards employees and other players’, and was banned in 2019 from competing or attending any FIFA events. They claim that since then, he has ‘continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media and encouraged others to do the same’.
At the time of his first ban, Twitter users began sharing clips of the YouTuber’s channel, and theorised that they were why he was banned.
This is the VOD that Kurt got banned for, I am all for freedom of speech but this is disgusting behaviour. How are you going to spit on the logo of a company that you want to be a professional esports athlete for. I know I am going to get stick for this but he deserves the ban. pic.twitter.com/oJmlifBFLU— DrJarba (@JarbaFifa) November 1, 2019
The YouTuber is still adamant that he has done nothing wrong. He recently Tweeted: “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”.
EA released a statement regarding their decision on the YouTuber, saying: “In November 2019, after a series of Code of Conduct violations as part of the EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series in which he threatened employees and other players, Kurt0411 was banned from competing or attending any EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series events or future competition,
“Since that time, Kurt has continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media and he has encouraged others to do the same. His messages have crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks and breach our Terms of Service,
“We will not tolerate threatening behavior. As a result, today Kurt0411’s EA account will be banned from playing our games and accessing our services due to these serious and repeated violations. 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 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.”
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