You hardly see Electronic Arts take a major stance when it comes to reprimanding players as people rarely get out of control. The company has decided to ban the pro-player known as Kurt "Kurt0411" Fenech, citing his abusive behavior towards the EA staff and other players. The company sent out a tweet with an official statement on the matter, which we have a snippet of it for you below.
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 competitions. 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 behaviour. 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.
In case you may be wondering about his behavior and whether or not EA did the right thing here, we have the video that got him banned for you to check out below, as well as a music video he did where he trash-talked the company. You can be the judge. In the meantime, Fenech responded to the ban on Twitter by claiming it's basically a deep conspiracy where the company doesn't want him beating their top player.
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