Jake Tucker . Tournaments . Wednesday 21st June 2017 . 11:11
The Gears of Wars esports organisation, known as Gears Esports, has handed out bans to three pro players for code of conduct violations during the first season of the Gears Pro Circuit.
The suspensions are for varying lengths and incidents, and paint a worrying picture of what goes on when the streams aren’t rolling at Gears of War events. There's an official statement, if you want it.
Christopher ‘Xcells’ Hill has been banned “until after the last Season Two Gears Pro Circuit event for disrespectful language and behavior at multiple events to staff and partners, disregard for match and media warnings at multiple events, and threatening behavior to tournament staff.”
This means he’ll miss the entirety of the season.
Kail ‘GODPLAYS’ Saleh also picked up a suspension for ‘two physical altercations’ and will be suspended for the first three Pro Circuit events of the season season. Nick ‘Red Icy’ Cope has been banned from a single event for “involvement in a physical altercation/threatening behaviour.”
Dexerto are reporting that during the Gears Las Vegas Open, Loviel ‘Velly’ Cardwell, the host of “On The Flank”, a Gears of War podcast, relayed this information about an altercation between two players:
“From what I’ve been told, there has been some type of beef between Icy and GODPLAYS since the last LAN in Paris (where GODPLAYS also punched another GOW player). GODPLAYS came up to Icy and punched him in the face when Icy wasn’t paying attentioN, and now Icy is missing a tooth.”
Cope has taken to Twitter already, saying that he’s going to be avoiding the social networking service for a few days. He added: “I'll be the best version of myself when I return and you can take that to the bank. That's all I'm gonna say.”