Esports organization FaZe Clan has suspended professional Fortnite player Danny “Dubs” Walsh for using racial slurs on stream. Dubs, 15, joined FaZe’s roster last year. Since his signing, he’s qualified for numerous tournaments, including the Fortnite World Cup. He competed in the solo division and duoed with partner Noam “Megga” Ackenine.
The Fortnite professional yelled a racial slur on a streamer’s channel after an unfortunate in-game situation. The streamer immediately reprimanded Dubs, shouting, “Yo, I’m streaming! I’m streaming!” frantically. It didn’t take long for Twitch’s massive community to spread the clip around the internet. Dubs took to Twitter to comment publicly on the situation:
I can’t even describe how sorry I am. I did not intend to be hurtful in any way but what I said was still hurtful, insensitive, and wrong. The word shouldn’t have been in my vocabulary and I apologize from the bottom my heart to everyone I offended by using it. You deserve better
— FaZe Dubs (@Dubsfn) February 29, 2020
According to FaZe’s Twitter, the player’s behavior is unacceptable, and the organization prioritizes fostering an inclusive community.
A statement from FaZe Clan regarding Dubs. pic.twitter.com/0lSlUEL5J7
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) February 29, 2020
FaZe stated his suspension is indefinite. For the time being, he will not represent the organization in any capacity, including in professional competitions, in streaming, and on social media platforms. Additionally, he’s taking mandatory “sensitivity training” alongside all other FaZe Clan members.
A history of FaZe suspensions and bans
The latest news on Dubs isn’t the first time a FaZe member has drawn negative attention to the organization. Epic Games permanently banned Fortnite player Jarvis “Jarvis” Kaye in November 2019 for using aimbot software during a match. Infamously, Turner “Tfue” Tenney filed a lawsuit against FaZe Clan accusing the company of hindering his professional career. Furthermore, Twitch banned 11-year-old FaZe prodigy Patrick “H1ghSky1” for lying about his age while using the streaming service.
In Dubs’ case, Twitch’s Terms of Service explicitly outlines hate speech isn’t tolerated on the platform. That being said, Twitch doesn’t have the best record in terms of being consistent with channel bans. It’s unclear whether Twitch will take further disciplinary actions toward the streamer or Dubs.
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