Olivia R. November 30, 2019
It has been revealed that Vancouver Titans tank Baek "Fissure" Chan-hyung had to pay Blizzard a $3,000 fine for leaking the 2-2-2 role lock rule change in Season 2.
Before Stage 4, Fissure retired from the Overwatch League, leaving Seoul Dynasty for undisclosed reasons. He decided to share some juicy OWL details on his June 26 stream since he was retired anyway.
"Next stage, four, 2-2-2 role lock confirmed," Fissure said to his fans.
While role lock had been a much discussed rumor at that point in Season 2, it had not been confirmed by the Overwatch League officially. It was officially implemented a few weeks later to the joy of many teams and viewers. But while the majority of Overwatch League fans were celebrating the end of the previous GOATS meta that had come to dominate the game, Fissure was in deep trouble with Blizzard
The league's official tracker stated that Fissure was "fined US $3,000 for sharing confidential league information."
Before Stage 4, OWL teams had been informed of 2-2-2 role lock so they could begin discussing new strategies. This made it information that wasn't yet available to the public. That is, until Fissure spilled the beans to his viewers.
Fissure recently went on stream to discuss the $3,000 penalty. He told his fans that he had paid the four-figure fine soon after revealing the confidential information, but explained Blizzard hadn't announced it until he was signed to the Overwatch League once again.
According to Fissure, he had even negotiated with Blizzard to add another $7,000 to the fine, although it's not clear what his motivation was for that offer. He didn't make any further statements on the subject.
Many of the punishments on the discipline tracker involve account boosting. Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway from the Atlanta Reign was suspended for 10 games for the offense in April, while Toronto Defiant's Se-Hyun “Neko” Park was suspended for three games when he sold an account and obstructed "league office investigation."
Some of the more interesting punishments include a five-game suspension for San Francisco Shock's Riku "Ripa" Toivanen for "throwing matches and toxicity." Park “Profit” Joon-yeong, currently playing for Seoul Dynasty, was fined $1,000 for giving the middle finger on a live broadcast.