French StarCraft 2 pro Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri has been suspended without pay after private sexual messages he sent to another player were inadvertently made public.
Evil Geniuses' Satouri sent several private messages via Battle.net to fellow StarCraft 2 player Samayan "BlinG" Kay, who was live streaming a game at the time.
"Sam, I have abused a child yesterday," Satouri wrote.
"14 yo. I might only be interested in milfs and kids now."
Satouri then realised Kay was live streaming a match.
"Hope you didn't show this to people. Just noticed you were streaming," he wrote.
After several spectators complained to its sponsors, Evil Geniuses suspended Satouri without pay for the remainder of the October.
"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,” wrote the team.
“We sincerely apologize to the respective organizers of these tournaments for any inconvenience the last-minute cancellations may cause."
Satouri’s comments were “inexcusable", and "do not reflect our company's sense of morality, behavior and propriety,” it continued.
Satouri apologised via Twitter, calling his comments a "private joke, nothing serious".
He also issued an official apology:
"I want to very sincerely apologize to all of my fans, my teammates and management at EG, all of EG's sponsors, and the rest of the community for my comments last week.
“They were insensitive, inappropriate, way over the line, and are deserving of the serious ramifications I have received from my team. I accept responsibility for my mistake, and I will be more careful in the future."