No response from Overwatch League to Taimou's use of gay slurs on stream

Dallas Fuel player Timo "Taimou" Kettunen used anti-gay slurs on a Jan. 23 personal stream but has not been publicly punished for his actions. Robert Paul/Provided by Blizzard Entertainment

Update: Since the time of publication, Taimou has issued an apology.

Dallas Fuel player Timo "Taimou" Kettunen used anti-gay slurs on his Twitch stream on Jan. 23 but has not yet received punishment from the Overwatch League regarding his remarks, nor is it clear whether he will, documents and video evidence provided to ESPN reveal.

Taimou was reported by a community member for his actions through the customer service support system for Blizzard, the developer of Overwatch and organizer of Overwatch League, shortly after making his remarks. A Blizzard representative responded acknowledging the report and stating that he or she would pass along the information provided -- which included video clips of two instances of Taimou using anti-gay language -- to the "appropriate parties."

"F---ng f----t kid," Taimou said at one point on the stream. "Uninstall."

He also called a player a "batty boy," a Jamaican anti-gay slur.

The community member who reported Taimou later followed up with Blizzard, and another customer service representative responded.

"Due to privacy/security concerns, we will not be able to discuss specifics like how we investigate these or what actions we will be taking from here," the representative said in the support ticket, which was provided to ESPN. "Rest assured, however, this has not been ignored."

Blizzard later marked the ticket as resolved and closed it in its support system. The Dallas Fuel, however, were not aware of the incident until they were contacted about it by ESPN on Friday, according to Fuel spokesman Greg Miller.

"We do recognize that our players and all those in the Overwatch League are constantly under the microscope," Miller said. "As an organization, we strive to provide players with advice and resources to help them balance professionalism needed to compete at a league level with the individual personalities that may have gained them popularity or their own followings. As you've seen recently, we certainly do look into any situation that goes against a code of conduct befitting the team and/or league."

The Overwatch League did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment but has been aware of the issue since Friday at the latest.

On Jan. 18, fellow Fuel player Félix "xQc" Lengyel made anti-gay remarks directed at Houston Outlaws player Austin "Muma" Wilmot, who is openly gay, following the Fuel's loss to the Outlaws. As a result, xQc received a four-game suspension and a $2,000 fine from the Overwatch League on Jan. 19 for violating the league's code of conduct. He was additionally benched by the Fuel for the remainder of the first stage of the Overwatch League.

Taimou has not played a map for the Fuel since xQc returned to the starting lineup for the team's second match of Stage 2.

"The Overwatch League takes standards of player behavior seriously, whether during league play or otherwise, and is committed to responding swiftly when violations occur," the league said in a statement regarding xQc's suspension.

The Overwatch League also previously fined London Spitfire player Park "Profit" Joon-yeong $1,000 after he made a vulgar gesture on the league's livestream.

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer told The Telegraph on Jan. 24 that each player in the league had signed a code of conduct. However, the standards of that code of conduct remain private.

"It covers everything from player behavior, both when competing and online, on social media, to policies on drug testing and doping in the Overwatch League," Nanzer told The Telegraph. "We definitely want to publish the rules on the website -- if you go to NBA.com you can download the rules, right? We want to have the same thing -- it's something we're working towards, I don't know the exact timeline, but it's something that we're working on, and I think we'll have it published within the next few months."