Pro eSports organisation Evil Geniuses has dropped StarCraft II pro Greg “IdrA” Fields after he insulted fans online.
Replying to criticism on the Team Liquid forum, Fields wrote: “Nope you’re all a bunch of fucks. It just so happens I get paid to treat you like it. It’s fucking awesome.”
His messages have since been deleted.
A post on the Evil Geniuses website outlined the reason for his departure.
“As most of you are already aware, we let our players be themselves. We believe that our industry’s diverse assortment of vibrant personalities plays a huge part in helping make eSports so much fun – for ourselves, and for the viewers,” wrote Evil Geniuses CEO Alexander Garfield.
“No great novel is without great characters, and we like to let our players find their own roles within the eSports storyline by showcasing the personalities they were born with. We have strict guidelines that regulate certain kinds of more extreme speech, and we take disciplinary action when those guidelines aren’t followed, but for the most part, we stay out of the way.
“This is why it was never really an issue for us that Greg can be rude to his opponents in games, or that he usually speaks his mind very bluntly and directly. But, to us, there’s a very big difference between a player being disrespectful to an opponent in a ladder match, and a player being disrespectful to the entire community of people who, via their own enthusiasm and passion for the entertainment product he creates, actually make his profession possible.
“The eSports industry, and companies like Evil Geniuses, would not be possible without the passion and support of our community. We, as a company, cannot and will not be supportive of anyone who does not show due respect and appreciation for the community that makes everything we do possible.”
The Penny Arcade Report suggested that Fields’ habit of prematurely quitting games – which annoys sponsors along with fans – may have factored into his dismissal.