StarCraft II pro gamer Stephano suspended and fined for sexual comments

19-year old French StarCraft II player Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri suspended without pay for the month of October for recent comments made during a livestream.

French StarCraft II superstar Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri, who recently signed a new deal with the prominent Evil Geniuses organization one month ago, has been suspended by his team without pay for the month of October. The action, taken after Stephano's comments were broadcast live online, mean he will now miss DreamHack Bucharest and The GD Invitational.

Earlier this week during a live stream on TwitchTV by fellow Starcraft II player and friend Team Dignitas' Samayan "BlinG" Kay, Stephano sent a private message over Battle.net regarding sex with a minor. “Sam, I abused a child yesterday”, Stephano said to Bling in a screenshot grabbed during the stream. “14 yo,” Stephano continued, after a response of “wtf” by Bling. “I might only be interested in milfs and kids now.”

Stephano arrested at a nightclub in June after DreamHack Summer.

Stephano apologized on Twitter later that day saying it was just a “private joke, nothing serious”. Some fans did not feel his apology was satisfactory, and began to email Evil Geniuses sponsors about his actions, including Intel, Monster Energy, and Steel Series. Following this, Stephano tweeted that it was “people's stupidity” that caused him to regret going professional with StarCraft, and that in turn caused him to play poorly. Evil Geniuses has issued its official response, addressing not only Stephano but the comments that he made.

“Today, Evil Geniuses announces that French Zerg player Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri has been suspended without pay for the remainder of October, following his recent inappropriate comments. We sincerely apologize to the respective organizers of these tournaments for any inconvenience the last-minute cancellations may cause”. the statement reads. “That apology, however, obviously comes as secondary to a much more significant and direly-needed apology for Stephano’s inexcusable comments themselves. An apology in his own words can be found at the bottom of this post, but additionally, everyone at Evil Geniuses – including management, players, and staff – would like to sincerely apologize for these comments. They do not reflect our company’s sense of morality, behavior and propriety, and they will not be tolerated.”

Stephano has also issued his own apology. “I want to very sincerely apologize to all of my fans, my teammates and management at EG, all of EG’s sponsors, and the rest of the community for my comments last week. They were insensitive, inappropriate, way over the line, and are deserving of the serious ramifications I have received from my team. I accept responsibility for my mistake, and I will be more careful in the future.”

Evil Geniuses went on to say that although Stephano has been penalized and suspended for October, the matter is not closed within the organization and more ramifications may be dealt out. Although suspended in October, another recent tweet by Stephano suggests he will be heading to Korea in the meantime, with many speculating he will play in next season's GSL Code S.

In June, Stephano was arrested at the Silver nightclub in Jönköping, Sweden, following his attendance at DreamHack Summer.

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Musambani
Musambani

@Gelugon_baat lol, the fool with mods in his pocket thinks his opinion has weight. This guy is french and the legal age of sex in France is 14. you guys are idiots.

Freppzor
Freppzor

Lets get this straight, abuse is the improper usage or treatment for a bad purpose, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.

So when he say he abused a child it is not the same as child abuse. Since abusing a child can also relate to gain benefit unfairly or to easy. ex. "like stealing candy from a child" is to abuse a child.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Suddenly pro gaming has something in common with more traditional professional sports.

Takeno456
Takeno456

Another shinning example of pro gaming.... Still this kind of crap talk sounds pretty much like any random day on pretty much any online game if you have public chat on.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

So........ Tasteless joke made by Stephano bad, but Samayan's initial response of "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" is good......

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

haha what an idiot..

I hope he gets ban for good and makes room for good sports to play professionally.

I'm sure most of us here would love to be paid to play the games we love and he does it and screwed it up by raging like a noob in e-Sports.

Yes we have all had our little rages in our casual games but when you are being paid to game from sponsors and are representing your country there is no excuse to act that way. Thats why its professional gaming

 

_Strelok
_Strelok

The reactions are disgusting. He made a shitty joke to his friend and people take no pause to unleash their inner authoritarian and use thin emotional excuses to facilitate what they really want: control and regulation. A human-being who cannot simply ignore scenarios that he is not coerced into is a human-being who has lost his autonomy; to be independent agents is our most distinguished feature. To rely on institutional powers to make you feel safe and in control is to dehumanize yourself. This does not call for an apology, nor does it call for punishment. If you are offended by this, then that is your problem. Did he constrain you and talk things you didn't want to hear into your ear? No. And to all the young adults who want to brandish their new-found 'maturity' by calling any dissent to popular opinion as 'childish' or a need to 'grow up', just fuck off. To become a hypersensitive automaton that fetishes only for the solidification of institutional overreach is not to grow up.

n0matter
n0matter

I can't believe people get paid to do nothing but play SC2.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

He confessed he raped a 14 yo and that's all he got? Awww yes, he said "lol jk" when he got caught, still cops aren't investigating?

Void_Kross
Void_Kross

It seems the gaming industry is trying to make children in general less of a target in any case that is possible. I mean, hell, you can't even kill kids in Elder Scrolls games or Fallout games (not including the original Fallout games on PC)

greek5
greek5

I Love how they make these guys seem like super stars or actors. Starcraft player makes headlines. Big F***in whop di DA.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

And this is why kids shouldn't be paraded around as "pro gamers" or paid to play games.

blackothh
blackothh

do people not realize that what you say in a public domain, can actually end up in........lets say.......public???

 

 

vadagar1
vadagar1

they should have arrested him for those god damn pants, a fashion crime of epic proportions, dear god those pants...

 

THEY HURT ME....

CKeenan07
CKeenan07

I'm sure it was true too so all you d-bags can keep defending a fucking chester. And even if it wasn't, what kind of person "jokes" about that kind of shit, I mean seriously.

params7
params7

This is absurd. Someone's feelings getting hurt is a warrant for an arrest these days now?

modernsocks
modernsocks

It seems people are looking at the age of his victim and overlooking the fact that said victim is indeed just that: a victim.

Wyckid
Wyckid

Aren't these guys called "EVIL geniuses?"  Come on.  This guy is just being a jackass and I really doubt anything like this actually happened, but if it did, it's a job for the authorities and no one else.  I think his punishment is fair for the comments.  When you're being sponsored, you have to watch what you say.  It's the way of the world.

squidshoggoth
squidshoggoth

i don't want to live on this planet anymore...or the same universe

galeta
galeta

he does that kind of things. this is why i don't like him. here is another:

 

"HasuObs stated on his twitter account: "damnit, so nervous about todays TSL4 qualifier results @_@",  in reply, Stephano, maybe mad because he lost [0-2] to Cytoplams, maybe as a joke, or in true I do not care Stephano, replied to HasuOBS's twitt: "maybe start kill some jews",  a rather jokeless or even better a bad joke. The  Mousesports organization had to reply to Stephano "You just went way too far Stephano, seriously.'"

xxalucard66xx
xxalucard66xx

Definitely a fucked up joke, if it is one that is.  None of us were there so guess we'll just have to see if the police go through with an investigation.

 

Though I'll admit I make some fucked up jokes with my friends in private, nothing involving minors, but still.  Considering his "friend" posted the picture it makes me wonder if he actually wants to be on the team.  Wouldn't be the first time someone says something stupid to be let out of a contractual agreement.

valdarez
valdarez

Hear he was arrested for the hair alone.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

"My comments were taken way out of context. When I said I wanted to 'Zerg-rush her Terran bunker with my Hydralisk all night long' I meant it literally!"

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

Ok, so he's an idiot. We know that. The real question is, was he joking, or was he for real?

EventualDecline
EventualDecline

Everyone keeps talking about if he "abused a child", but he was talking about a 14 year old girl.  Illegal or not, 14 year old girls have boyfriends all over the world, and girls that age sometimes date guys who are 17, 18, and even 19.  That includes half of the high school football players on most of the highschool football teams in America.  And in Europe where this guy is from, it would especially not be a big deal.  So all these comments about "abusing a child" are pretty inaccurate, considering this.  Try using your brains, people.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

wait a min is he only 14 "O.o".. he still a kid himself... lol

sp4cetiger
sp4cetiger

And people think professional athletes are immature...

rollerloller
rollerloller

If your line of work involves big name sponsors paying your wages, don't post anything stupid with your Twitter account. The upstanding, sanctimonious moralists are ripe in the gaming industry despite what they're constantly exposed to

kingcole225
kingcole225

So a man gets caught making a stupid joke to his friends and is suspended without pay for a month? Wow... way to go uptight asshole world. I've said shit to my friends like this plenty. Everyone has. He gets screwed over for having a sarcastic dark sense of humor? That's just messed up. Unless, of course, he actually abused a 14 year old kid in which case that's a serious crime that should be in the hands of the police not his damn company.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

wow that dude looks like a fuc*ing dirt bomb...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

I think the bigger issue is whether he actually molested a child or not.  If he didn't, then his comments are baffling and just stupid, not worthy of any uproar.  If he did....that's kind of more important than getting him to stop playing Starcraft....

K_to_the_itty
K_to_the_itty

This is beyond stupid. Yes, freedom of speech does play a factor here. He may be a professional gamer, and I could understand the punishment if he was at a tournament, (it's understandable of them to want him to act professional) but the fact is he wasn't at  tournament, he was on his own time. This is basically their way of saying, "You better act professional 100% of the time, JOKES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!" So he's being punished, by his own TEAM none the less, for an "inappropriate" comment he sent to a friend as a joke. Why did he sign with these people is the real question here.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

IdrA and iNcontroL joke around plenty, yet Stephano gets suspended for this?

 

I really wish he didn't join EG.

Znuck_King_Ling
Znuck_King_Ling

The apology was obviously not written by him, rather, by the PR team, and I feel a comment like that can't even be considered a joke.  I feel like there's something wrong with this guy, he admitted it to a friend, and when his secret got spilled, try to play it off.  This kid is dangerous.

NiteX
NiteX

LOL he looks like a big french grape!

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Where the heck do people go to watch these pro gaming events anyway? Is it on TV somewhere?

Sword403
Sword403

It was a joke but in the wrong place. Freedom of speach is there but with boundries. The trounament has rules and if you want to join then follow them.Its as simple as that. If you have a freedom of speach then don't abuse it! You can say whatever you want but without insulting anyone. What he said clearly offended the standards of the tournament and such action was expected. However I wish he learned from this and comes out a better playa!!! 

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

Do we really want people like this to be our role models. i mean come on, what's next? Poker players.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

haha what an idiot.. i hope he gets ban for good and makes room for good sports to play professionally.

I'm sure most of us here would love to be paid to play the games we love and he does it and screwed it up by raging like a noob in e-Sports.

vadagar1
vadagar1

oh come on...when I rage in Dota 2 or SC2 I say horrible things XD, its not like I mean them, its just normal nerd gaming rage

 

people should chill.....

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

Can't spell E-Sports with out Sports.  The bigger it gets, the more professional standards there will be.  Look at it this way, if a professional athlete did that on TV, the same thing would happen.  The people who put on these E-Sports are gonna hold pro-gamers in the same standards, and they have every right to do so.

LordRikerQ
LordRikerQ

Why did they ever bother fighting for people to have freedom of speech if we are just going to facistly  insist certain speech is not allowed? If he really did abuse a 14 yo then he should be punished severely but off colour jokes are every freedom loving persons right, especially in private with a friend.

NewShire
NewShire

Seems like a real stand-up guy :/

The_Mighty_KELP
The_Mighty_KELP

I'm sorry people, but there are some things that should not be done or said, ever, period, joking or not. Anyone who thinks a joke like that would be funny needs to go re-evaluate their life.

santinegrete
santinegrete

This news are bad and worry me for so many reasons, now I can recall:-This gives bad rep to us gamers.-Gamespot now gives 'celebrities news'. 

LordRikerQ
LordRikerQ

People are way too sensitive, I weep for the future where its like in Demolition man where everyone is politically correct P***ys who get fined for cursing and offending people and there is no diversity in the world because indiviguality and going contray to the popular opinion is illegal.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

Overreaction to a private joke i my opinion. What is wrong with society these days, can't we all learn to forgive and forget for a change?

chrono625
chrono625

If it was a joke it would have been funny. This wasn't funny and therefore was not a joke. Oh and LMAO at this dude thinking he's cool with his hipster tight purple jeans.