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Electronic Arts bans FIFA pro and streamer from everything

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FIFA (opens in new tab) pro and streamer Kurt "Kurt0411" Fenech has had a contentious relationship with Electronic Arts for a long time. As documented by IGN (opens in new tab), he was banned from FIFA competitions in November 2019 for persistent abusive behavior toward the company during livestreams and on social media, shortly after which FIFA community management social media accounts were hacked (opens in new tab) by Fenech supporters.

Fenech didn't seem too remorseful in this video (opens in new tab) on his 2019 ban, in which he says that telling an opponent to "suck my balls, you son of a bitch" during a livestream—cited as a reason for the ban, along with "calling out" various EA employees—was "more than warranted."

"Anyone that plays videogames has said that before to their opponents, especially in FIFA. The difference is, I've got a live camera in front of me," he says in the video. "Does that change things? No. I don't care. I don't give a shit that there's a camera in front of me. Why do I have to change what I say because there's a camera in front of me?"

There's also a "diss track," released earlier this month, because of course there is.

Fenech apparently didn't see why he should change his behavior in his post-ban interactions with Electronic Arts, and so now he's not just banned from FIFA competitions, he's banned from all EA games and services.

"In November 2019, after a series of Code of Conduct violations as part of the EA Sports FIFA Global Series in which he threatened employees and other players, Kurt0411 was banned from competing or attending any EA Sporty FIFA 20 Global Series events or future competitions," Electronic Art said in a message shared on Twitter.

"Since that time, Kurt has continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media and he has encouraged others to do the same. His messages have crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks and breach our Terms of Service, We will not tolerate threatening behavior. As a result, today Kurt0411's EA account will be banned from playing our games and accessing our services due to these serious and repeated violations."

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Fenech posted an image of the of the ban message he received on Twitter (opens in new tab), and claimed that his ban was not actually caused by his behavior, but by his dominance.

"End of the day I have never said anything I shouldn't have. This is just deeper than anyone thinks," he tweeted. "They didn't want me competing at events cos they were scared I'd win them, now I'm the 2nd biggest streamer of their games and they're scared I'll overtake their golden boy."

He also hinted rather strongly that in spite of the ban, he's not going away quietly.

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I'm not a FIFA player myself so I can't say with certainty who the "golden boy" Fenech referred to is, but according to Twitchmetrics (opens in new tab) the top FIFA 20 streamer on Twitch, by far, is Edwin "Castro-1021" Castro. Ironically, Fenech's final warning prior to his November 2019 ban from FIFA competitions came after he interrupted Castro during a livestreamed interview. He expressed no remorse about that one either, saying the situation could have been avoided "if you gave me the microphone so I can speak to the people that were watching—which were watching for me."

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.