Pro Gamer Suspended For Saying He Had Sex With a 14-Year-Old

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Pro Gamer Suspended For Saying He Had Sex With a 14-Year-Old

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French StarCraft 2 player, Ilyes 'Stephano' Satouri, has been suspended for his inappropriate behavior during a live match.

It's been a poor week for professional gaming. First, a League of Legends player managed to net his team a $30k fine after he was caught screen watching during a competition. Now, professional StarCraft 2 player, Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri , has been suspended from his team without pay for one month, following a bizarre exchange during a live match in which he claims to have "abused" a 14-year-old.

Now, English isn't 19-year-old Satouri's first language and it seems unlikely that even the most idiotic child molester would cop to his or her crimes during a livestreamed match of StarCraft 2, but Satouri's comments have landed him in hot water nonetheless. Evil Geniuses, the renowned pro gaming clan he represents, has since dropped him from its lineup for one month.

"French Zerg player Ilyes 'Stephano' Satouri has been suspended without pay for the remainder of October, following his recent inappropriate comments," reads an Evil Geniuses statement. "He will be ineligible to participate in all online and offline competitions during the month of October, including the upcoming GD Invitational and DreamHack Bucharest tournaments for which he was previously signed up."

Despite a public apology from Satouri, Evil Geniuses says that while the decision to suspend him is final, the team doesn't consider the matter closed just yet.

As professional gaming grows in popularity and members of formerly niche communities become e-sports celebrities, we're seeing more and more examples of pro gamers acting inappropriately on the world stage. Earlier this year, competitive gamer, Aris Bakhtanians, brought the competitive fighting game community under scrutiny after a video of his appalling treatment of female gamer, Miranda "Super-Yan" Pakozdi hit the news. Bakhtanains later argued that "sexual harassment is a part of [the] culture," a statement he later retracted and apologized for.

Source: Gamespot via Kotaku

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I'm surprised this got picked up by the news sources really. No-ones made any sort of real allegation and teams have suspended players plenty of times before. Poor guy had completly forgotten that the other person was streaming too

I guess it's sad that the bad stuff sells. Mainstream experience with EVE or progaming or whatever is always the scandals and it can be quite hard for the main media to gauge how important any one thing is. Like in the EVE Chariman scandal, no-one really mentioned that it was at an event where the whole point is everyone boasting about how they tricked and scammed x y and z.

Still Stephano shouldn't have done this and the ban was right EG acted correctly. It's hard for people like Stephano, one of the best SC players in the world, the whole hopes of Europe on his shoulders, but at the same time, he's young he hasn't had to learn to deal with the pressure, no-one has experience of it. And with he's progaming at such a critical time of his life. Should you study, get your degree, have something to fall back onto or do you go for it whilst you have the talent and chance? He chose progaming, but that can't be a decision that rests easily on anyone.

The stupid of this mans actions, it's hurting me...it's physically hurting me. Please, make the stupid stop. Even in an online environment there is some things you don't say, ESPECIALLY in the professional arena. Just.....URGH!!

There's only one thing to make me feel better now, a facepalm chain. Come on everyone, start posting facepalm pics, maybe then the stupid will start to go away

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He couldn't have just stopped at the "I just had sex with your mum" line like everyone else?

Kidding aside, I doubt he really did it, but there needs to be a thorough investigation here.

As professional gaming becomes more and more popular, it's really up to these gamer's to be paragons of our favorite hobby. Though in e-sports, just as in real sports, there will always be controversy, just as there always has been. I'm just hoping that fewer and fewer pro-gamers act like this, or as others have, and though the instances may be few and far between, their actions could still echo throughout the entire hobby.

On a side note, I'm still hoping there will be a game that I'm ever professional grade good at, but as of yet, every single one of these gamers/teams could probably whoop my ass good in the blink of an eye.

Well I think the age of consent is only 15 in France so maybe he just slept with someone that was only a few days away from their birthday.

Reminds me of the guy who went on facebook and made a video bragging about all the stuff he looted in the London riots...and wondering why he was getting arrested.

BrotherRool:
Poor guy had completely forgotten that the other person was streaming too

Poor guy? Wtf? How can you have any sympathy for him? I mean, what the bloody f*** was he thinking? How is that even a joke (assuming it's not true)? "I abused a child" is appalling and he rightful got suspended (though you did acknowledged this).

"Sam I have abused of a child yesterday" haha engrish?

Why do I think this is just a load of crap? If it true though he should be in jail not punished from his precious e-sports.

He's a dick, but if being a dick gets people suspended from... sports... then most of the world's population of athletes would be out of the games a while

From the sounds of the story, he was trying to be funny by being offensive. He's no louis CK.

13thforswarn:

BrotherRool:
Poor guy had completely forgotten that the other person was streaming too

Poor guy? Wtf? How can you have any sympathy for him? I mean, what the bloody f*** was he thinking? How is that even a joke (assuming it's not true)? "I abused a child" is appalling and he rightful got suspended (though you did acknowledged this).

I'm not saying I approve but
https://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=dead+baby+jokes&fp=1
this exists you know. I've laughed at the 'Why did the girl fall off the swing?' 'Because she had no arms'

This guy makes a career out of this stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6g3RmfTD4s

It's easy to say someones a bad person for saying this stuff, but context is everyone and considering Frankie Boyle(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3qIWg7-cR0) and Jimmy Carr are very successful comedians, it's fair to say theres a large segment of the population that doesn't disapprove of black comedy. Some people feel that there's no bounds. Something which can be a bit nasty but nothing more between friends is completely different when you leave it all by itself and have people judge it.

I still think it was wrong, but I know for a fact I've had plenty of friends say worse things in their spare time. We're on a site that published recent reviews delighting in the way people's skulls get crushed in x games. Unfortunately for this guy, he's the one that makes the news when he makes an awful joke. You have responsibility when you're a public figure which is why it's right he gets the ban, but still this is something which lots of people are guilty of without the same price.

For that matter, the context we get is crud. For all the quote we see he could be just being hyperbolic and actually he just felt like he got a really good deal on girl guide cookies (note I'm not saying this I would bet on it not being that =D), but people use language like that if they want to be silly with their words. 'I totally raped him' is a thing

Heck there are 15 year old professional Progamers. For all we know he just kicked some 14 year old girls arse on the ladder. Or some whiny rage quitter that he's calling a 14 year old girl. (Naturally the people who started this got more context, so it's not that, but every site it's got reported on doesn't provide any context at all so we can't make a judgement)

Well, this clinches it. Sexual scandals? Esports can now join the big leagues of Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and the like.

Side notes for people unfamiliar:

Stephano has a bit of a reputation for... well, saying stupid god damn shit and not paying attention to the community. He's also probably the best non-Korean Starcraft 2 player in the world right now.

And his team, EG, has been getting harder and harder on this sort of thing for a while. They fired a caster a while back for racist/homophobic language (used in his own stream; not theirs) and usually hot-headed personalities like Idra and Incontrol have toned down a lot since the Brood War days.

I don't really give a shit about the drama, but now I won't see Stephano play in tournaments for ages. That's pretty terrible news, as he's a fantastic player, easily one of the best in the world. Korea included.

airwolfe591:
As professional gaming becomes more and more popular, it's really up to these gamer's to be paragons of our favorite hobby.

Pretty much this. If you're in the public eye, you have no excuse to retort to grade-school bullshit. We're busting our asses trying to give something like letters of nobility to the medium, so the last thing anyone needs, Hardcore or Casual, is some thoughtless idiot figuring that dropping abuse in any shape or form is in any way acceptable.

As far as I'm concerned, trash talking should always be penalized. There's means to be competitive or to celebrate your skill or potential victory without demeaning the other players.

You'd think a simple "GG" would be something some of these guys would consider, but no. In my experience, a lot of folks I've met online are completely lacking in the social graces. It's as if "faggot" were about to be warped out of shape and considered as a neutral statement or compliment, even.

"Hey, fag.
- Hey, butt-muncher. How's the wife?
- Oh, you know. She sucks cock. The usual."

*the two of 'em sip coffee*

Um, not to play devils advocate or anything, but if the image in the OP is accurate, at no point does he say that he molested a child. It says he "abused of a child." Now this guys first language is not english, so just for a second take oout the word abused & replace it with "pwned" & suddenly it makes a lot more sense.

I think that this is one of those times where a story is being reported because the gaming press needs someone new to be offended by. You don't want news, you want to be righteously angry at someone for being a monster.

matthew_lane:
Um, not to play devils advocate or anything, but if the image in the OP is accurate, at no point does he say that he molested a child. It says he "abused of a child." Now this guys first language is not english, so just for a second take oout the word abused & replace it with "pwned" & suddenly it makes a lot more sense.

I think that this is one of those times where a story is being reported because the gaming press needs someone new to be offended by. You don't want news, you want to be righteously angry at someone for being a monster.

I agree, apart from the one "abused" mention, most of the implications came from the other player. Sounds most likely to be a language mix-up rather than a joke or an idiotic confession.

JoJo:

matthew_lane:
Um, not to play devils advocate or anything, but if the image in the OP is accurate, at no point does he say that he molested a child. It says he "abused of a child." Now this guys first language is not english, so just for a second take oout the word abused & replace it with "pwned" & suddenly it makes a lot more sense.

I think that this is one of those times where a story is being reported because the gaming press needs someone new to be offended by. You don't want news, you want to be righteously angry at someone for being a monster.

I agree, apart from the one "abused" mention, most of the implications came from the other player. Sounds most likely to be a language mix-up rather than a joke or an idiotic confession.

I can see where you're coming from, but if Stephano was disciplined by his own team (known for having a pretty good manager) and then he personally issued a public apology, then it's just not very likely that that was the case. Also, Stephano has a history of being sort of immature.

Grey Carter:
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"Teenage pro gamer suspended for saying he had sex with another teenager."

I feel as though the actual headline should be a mix between your own and the above. Your current headline seems pretty damn unfair, as if it's a 25-year old and not a 19-year old who had sex with a 14 year old.

People skimming the headline are going to jump to conclusions, I feel.

I just...feel like the guy got screwed over and is being screwed even harder by the media representation.

It is rather loathesome.

Not the issue. The overly sensitive politically correct world we live in that wouldnt have at least taken a second look and thought, Hrm, maybe he is just talking about annihilating some noob kid.

Really I dont see how anyone even cares. Call me when he is actually charged with it based on some form of evidence, otherwise its all just words.

A pro-gamer was suspended over hearsay based on something he said in a second language?!

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At no point does STEPHANO confirm what Bling (The other person involved in the convo) said about having sex with a 14 year old. He said he 'abused' a 14 year old, which depending on the context could mean he destroyed them on ladder or something. That was my stance pretty much before, and still is. It's hilarious, and I guess EG was right in suspending him, but some people completely overreact when they don't have complete info. Bling was the one who mentioned that Stephano 'fucked a 14 year old', and while he doesn't deny it, he certainly doesn't confirm it.

Anyway, it's not even that big of a deal. It was just a bunch of words, and this headline is absolutely pathetic. It's sad, really. At least it'll eventually die down.

^ANd since I'm horribly tired, I'm willing to bet that everything I just said sounds stupid as all hell.

Kengaskhan:
I can see where you're coming from, but if Stephano was disciplined by his own team (known for having a pretty good manager) and then he personally issued a public apology, then it's just not very likely that that was the case. Also, Stephano has a history of being sort of immature.

Except that thats called spin control & it happens all the time. Heck remember a few years ago with the university rape scandal where 4 black guys were almost convicted of a group rape they didn't committ & then when the "victim" recanted her story because she'd made it up, the guys still were forced to apologies to the world media. So essentially you had people apologising for NOT raping someone, but potentially being capable of raping someone.

Same thing seems to have happened here: This guy is apologising for potentially being able to make a statement about molesting a child, a statement he didn't actually make.

His team essentially threw him under the bus.

An then of course the gaming press picked it up, because they have absoultely no journalistic integrity. An then people believed it because they need someone new to be angry at for being a monster.

I really wish that the general public that makes up the Escapist, would get some common sense & a reasonable level of skeptisism towards these kinds of articles.

JamesCG:
At no point does STEPHANO confirm what Bling (The other person involved in the convo) said about having sex with a 14 year old. He said he 'abused' a 14 year old, which depending on the context could mean he destroyed them on ladder or something. That was my stance pretty much before, and still is. It's hilarious, and I guess EG was right in suspending him, but some people completely overreact when they don't have complete info. Bling was the one who mentioned that Stephano 'fucked a 14 year old', and while he doesn't deny it, he certainly doesn't confirm it.

matthew_lane:
Same thing seems to have happened here: This guy is apologising for potentially being able to make a statement about molesting a child, a statement he didn't actually make.

Since I'm all about fairness up in this motherfucker, I should point out that the article only has some of what Stephano said. He continues to say: "I might only be interested in milfs and kids now".

So. The more you know.

Now I make my exit.

It's not even a sex scandal, it's a particularly bad inside joke that showed up on a stream. People in e-sports (especially from reputable teams) can and will be banned from the sport for saying inappropriate things, and people will go to great lengths to dig up evidence.

Example: one of EG's casters (Orb) supposedly made racist comments in a ladder game. He said it wasn't him playing the account at the time, but a team of "investigators" went through every ladder game for the past 8 months played on that account and found more incidents, leading to him getting fired.

I'm not saying this was a "good" thing to say, but I will say that e-sports REALLY, REALLY polices their content online because that's all they have, and sometimes it can get a bit ridiculous.

The Crotch:

JamesCG:
At no point does STEPHANO confirm what Bling (The other person involved in the convo) said about having sex with a 14 year old. He said he 'abused' a 14 year old, which depending on the context could mean he destroyed them on ladder or something. That was my stance pretty much before, and still is. It's hilarious, and I guess EG was right in suspending him, but some people completely overreact when they don't have complete info. Bling was the one who mentioned that Stephano 'fucked a 14 year old', and while he doesn't deny it, he certainly doesn't confirm it.

matthew_lane:
Same thing seems to have happened here: This guy is apologising for potentially being able to make a statement about molesting a child, a statement he didn't actually make.

Since I'm all about fairness up in this motherfucker, I should point out that the article only has some of what Stephano said. He continues to say: "I might only be interested in milfs and kids now".

So. The more you know.

Now I make my exit.

I actually remember seeing that image, but my intense fanboying blinded my memory.

Actually I don't even like Stephano that much. Go HuK B)

Nah but really, I do still think it was a joke. A horrible joke, but a joke. That second screenshot though... Bling's face was probably the most hilarious thing ever.

Kopikatsu:
Well, this clinches it. Sexual scandals? Esports can now join the big leagues of Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and the like.

Wait, when did we have a performance-enhancing drug scandal in gaming?

...on that note, what would be a performance-enhancing drug for gaming? Steroids and growth hormones would be kinda useless, and pot just seems to mellow people out, not make them play any better. Red Bull, maybe?

Just another example of why you shouldn't act like an idiot.

Off-Topic: 14 is actually legal here in Estonia

And this is why rape jokes are not funny.

one question comes to mind....who cares?

Evil Smurf:
And this is why rape jokes are not funny.

and happy birthday :)

Shanicus:

Kopikatsu:
Well, this clinches it. Sexual scandals? Esports can now join the big leagues of Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and the like.

Wait, when did we have a performance-enhancing drug scandal in gaming?

...on that note, what would be a performance-enhancing drug for gaming? Steroids and growth hormones would be kinda useless, and pot just seems to mellow people out, not make them play any better. Red Bull, maybe?

Eh, it's something people talk about from time to time, actually. Mostly just hypothetical stuff. I'd try and dredge up the ITG video about it, but...

... that video sucked, come to think of it. Mostly just Painuser talking a bunch, and... sorry man, but I mostly watch that show for Goatlust.

JamesCG:

I actually remember seeing that image, but my intense fanboying blinded my memory.

Actually I don't even like Stephano that much. Go HuK B)

Nah but really, I do still think it was a joke. A horrible joke, but a joke. That second screenshot though... Bling's face was probably the most hilarious thing ever.

Yeah, I can't see it being anything but a dumb joke.

But Bling's face the most hilarious thing ever? No. That would be Demuslim and Idra's faces when one bunker rushes the other.

The Crotch:

Shanicus:

Kopikatsu:
Well, this clinches it. Sexual scandals? Esports can now join the big leagues of Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and the like.

Wait, when did we have a performance-enhancing drug scandal in gaming?

...on that note, what would be a performance-enhancing drug for gaming? Steroids and growth hormones would be kinda useless, and pot just seems to mellow people out, not make them play any better. Red Bull, maybe?

Eh, it's something people talk about from time to time, actually. Mostly just hypothetical stuff. I'd try and dredge up the ITG video about it, but...

... that video sucked, come to think of it. Mostly just Painuser talking a bunch, and... sorry man, but I mostly watch that show for Goatlust.

JamesCG:

I actually remember seeing that image, but my intense fanboying blinded my memory.

Actually I don't even like Stephano that much. Go HuK B)

Nah but really, I do still think it was a joke. A horrible joke, but a joke. That second screenshot though... Bling's face was probably the most hilarious thing ever.

Yeah, I can't see it being anything but a dumb joke.

But Bling's face the most hilarious thing ever? No. That would be Demuslim and Idra's faces when one bunker rushes the other.

Saw that on Reddit, went to their stream archives and synced them up for that...

I'm going to retire from this thread before I get even more off topic :x

Just a joke that rapidly got interpreted to mean something else. I feel bad for Stephano, he was one of the most promising sc2 non-korean progamers.

Quite a shame that EG's manager is the most uptight politically correct bastard you've ever seen. Fear of losing sponsors might also have something to do with it.

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BrotherRool:

This guy makes a career out of this stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6g3RmfTD4s

Loved that vid, made me laugh the whole way through.

Quite frankly, I have said far worse things over a game chat than that simply for the shock value. I remember back when i used to play WoW, me and a friend made a bet to see who could whisper people in the raid and say something so horrible that the shock would cause the person to wipe the raid.

He told a dead baby joke which made the main healer laugh for awhile and one person died, I said something to the main tank so vile I can't post it here< there is no profanity in it, but it is the epitome of twisted> which resulted in "Oh my fucking god whaAHHG------" over the voice chat and we all died as the tank dced. His wife<the healer> told us that he freaked out so bad his chair flew out from under him and as his legs kicked up he unplugged his PC.

Honestly, I don't really see how saying that over a chat is bad. Its along the same line as dead baby jokes or anything else really and its just something that goes along with online gaming. While its unfortunate that it went over a live feed, its more the problem of people that can't take a joke and the outside public forcing its values onto it is wrong.

Captcha: unlimited wishes, All of them are for a diamond pony.

Evil Smurf:
And this is why rape jokes are not funny.

One bad joke does not make it unfunny.

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