A professional Overwatch player goes on a racist rant during a stream and winds up ending his professional career. Toronto Esports player Matt “Dellor” Vaughn was promptly fired by the organisation following the outburst.
The news follows the more positive news out of the professional Overwatch scene that a women’s college is set to offer an Overwatch esports scholarship.
Overwatch Pro’s Racist Rant Ends His Career
Vaughn, 28, recently went on a racist tirade during an Overwatch stream. In the video above (viewer discretion advised), he yells the N-word around 60 times over 26 seconds. Someone sent the video to Toronto Esports and the organisation responded by firing the player, citing a “breach of contract.”
In a statement, Toronto Esports president Ryan Pallett said that the organisation is “built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero-tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination. Immediately upon learning of the incident, the player was interviewed, admitted to the offense, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated.”
In a Twitlonger, Vaughn admits that he “f—ed up and deserved to be dropped from Toronto Esports, I won’t try to argue or make an excuse, I don’t have any” also explaining the circumstances surrounding the outburst (little sleep and technical problems contributed, apparently.)
Also apologising for “tarnishing” Toronto Esports’ name, the disgraced former Overwatch pro says that “despite using that word, I am not a racist.” Vaughn says that he was “extremely upset” and was trying to make the person he was upset with upset too and that was the “most offensive thing that came to mind.”
Vaughn’s reasoning for the racist rant is less interesting than the fact that it happened and that the professional player was held accountable for it. Though as many have noted since the former pro’s actions came to light, he certainly isn’t the only professional player (in Overwatch or in other games) to use racist, sexist or homophobic slurs during a stream, casually, even when they aren’t ‘extremely’ upset.
Toronto Esports’ response may serve as a warning to other pro players about to have a racist outburst, but as they so often get away with it, this may not be the only form of deterrence needed.