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Overwatch League team releases twice-banned player

Dallas Fuel cuts ties with Félix "xQc" Lengyel after he follows up suspension for homophobia with suspension for racism

The inaugural Overwatch League season isn't even halfway done, but it seems to be over already for one pro player. The Dallas Fuel yesterday announced that it has released Félix "xQc" Lengyel after the Winston player received his second suspension of the season and the pair "mutually agreed to part ways."

"There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch," said Dallas Fuel owner Mike Rufail. "Ultimately, it was in the best interest of our organization and Félix to part ways before the expiration of his contract. No one wants to see Félix succeed more than we do, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I want to thank him for his time and the passion he brought to the Dallas Fuel."

Lengyel was first suspended in January for making homophobic remarks during a livestream. That was a four-game ban that saw him benched for the last chunk of the Overwatch League's first stage of play.

His second suspension came last week after he "repeatedly used an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league's stream and on social media, and used disparaging language against Overwatch League casters and fellow players on social media and on his personal stream." That was also a four-game ban, and will see him miss the end of the second stage of play. (The season consists of four five-week stages, followed by playoffs and grand finals.)

Lengyel doesn't seem to have commented directly on the release yet, but he updated his twitter profile to read, "Former main tank for the Dallas Fuel now full-time streamer" and retweeted another user saying, "Now xQc can meme and shit talk as much as he wants. He's free now."

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