Popular Overwatch League player Josh "Eqo" Corona of the Philadelphia Fusion has found himself coming under scrutiny following the use of a slant-eye gesture when referencing Korean players during an Overwatch Twitch stream over the weekend.
Corona was seen making the gesture after someone made the comparison between his skills and those of another Korean player. Corona responded by saying "I am Korean" before pulling the corner of his eyelids upward. The Twitch video and relevant clip containing the gesture have since been removed, but Twitter user soap.exe has posted the clip online, imploring Corona to explain himself.
Following the events of the stream, Comcast CEO and president of Philadelphia Fusion Tucker Roberts took to Twitter and apologized for Corona's lack of decorum, stating that "we are working on a punishment now." Corona himself took to Twitter with a response, stating that he didn't know anyone would find the gesture offensive.
Obviously l apologize to anyone that got offended this clip got is out of context a bit since I was complimenting the Koreans before the clip and after the clip and did the gesture more in a form of wanting to express myself being like them since I admire them not making fun ..— Eqo (@eqo) April 1, 2018
It's worth noting that such insensitive behavior is not only against Twitch's recently updated community guidelines, but also against the Overwatch League's own code of conduct, which states that "in no event may any streaming include any video game content, actions, comments, language, or other material that could be expected to bring [any Overwatch League associate] into disrepute."
This isn't the first time that a popular streamer or esports athlete has landed in hot water following an insensitive comment or gesture. Just one week ago, Twitch personality Ninja drew ire for using a racial slur during a Fortnite stream; similarly, streamer and YouTube personality Pewdiepie came under fire for similar circumstances after casually dropping a racial slur during a stream of PUBG back in September.
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i'm not up on all the rules re: twitch & competitive overwatch, but at least i can actually understand this one unlike the other dude that got kicked out for using a certain twitch emoji or something?
yeah that guy used "trihard 7" as a salute to other people on twitch chat (looks like o7). twitch chat ended up spamming it when a black guy was on screen so blizzard kind of blamed him for the racism. it was kind of wack
this one is racist obviously but I think eqo is innocent in intention in that it seems like a lot of latin americans jok around like this in their culture (a cuban player last year in the world series did the same thing).