A professional Overwatch player has destroyed his career and quit the eSports scene after he repeatedly shouted a racist slur for around 30 seconds during a ranked match. It seems (now former) Toronto Esports player Matt “Dellor” Vaughn didn’t realize the game was being streamed on Twitch. The incident, which you can view at the bottom of this page, was captured and uploaded to YouTube. Be warned: it’s pretty loud and offensive, obviously.
As a result of his tirade, 28-year-old Vaughn has been “released” from the Toronto Esports team due to a breach of contract. "We have always had a zero tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination," it said.
Vaughn’s Twitch channel has also been closed for breaching the streaming site's terms of service. The player blamed his actions on the fact he was having a bad day, didn’t get much sleep, Twitch wasn’t working, his internet was lagging, and the person playing as Widowmaker during the game in question was “blatantly cheating.”
"I've dealt with cheaters before, but with him and his entire team, and my entire team start talking sh*t, it gets to me. I snapped. This isn't the first time this has happened. I have anger problems.”
Vaughn added that despite his repeated use of the word, he is not a racist and was just using the most offensive term that came to his mind. “I fu**ed up and deserve to be dropped from Toronto Esports, I won't try to argue or make an excuse, I don't have any,” he wrote.
It seems Vaughn won’t be playing for another pro team, even if there was one out there willing to give him an opportunity. He’s announced that he’s quitting the eSports scene and has no intention of ever returning.
"I've destroyed too many things and hurt too many people in my life because of my personality," he said. "I'm going to the doctor and I'm going to try to get help. Hopefully I will become a better and happier person."