Ilyes 'Stephano' Satouri, a 19-year old French professional StarCraft II player found himself at the business end of a half-month suspension after joking over Battle.net during a professional competition that he had had sex with a 14-year-old girl. Stephano's comments earned him a suspension without pay for the month of October, according to a GameSpot report.
Stephano recently signed a lucrative deal with the Evil Geniuses team and everything seemed great. But late last week during a live stream on TwitchTV fellow Starcraft II player and friend Team Dignitas' Samayan 'BlinG' Kay was appalled when Stephano sent him a private message over Battle.net joking about having sex with a minor.
"Sam, I f****d a child yesterday," Stephano said to BlinG.
"14 yo," Stephano continued, after BlinG responded with "wtf."
"I might only be interested in milfs and kids now," added Stephano.
Stephano attempted to apologize on Twitter later that day describing his comments as just a “private joke, nothing serious."
Fans were not satisfied with that response and began emailing Evil Geniuses sponsors in droves. Those sponsors include Intel, Monster Energy, and Steel Series. Doubling down, Stephano tweeted that it was "people's stupidity" that has made him regret going professional with StarCraft, and was the cause of him playing poorly.
Eventually Evil Geniuses stepped in, issuing a punishment for Stephano and apologizing for his comments:
"Today, Evil Geniuses announces that French Zerg player Ilyes 'Stephano'Satouri has been suspended without pay for the remainder of October, following his recent inappropriate comments," the statement reads. "We sincerely apologize to the respective organizers of these tournaments for any inconvenience the last-minute cancellations may cause,” the statement reads. “That apology, however, obviously comes as secondary to a much more significant and direly-needed apology for Stephano’s inexcusable comments themselves. An apology in his own words can be found at the bottom of this post, but additionally, everyone at Evil Geniuses – including management, players, and staff – would like to sincerely apologize for these comments. They do not reflect our company’s sense of morality, behavior and propriety, and they will not be tolerated."
Evil Geniuses also made Stephano apologize to the community:
"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," he wrote. "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."
Evil Geniuses also said that the matter involving Stephano is not closed and more discipline could be dealt out. Stephano will not be able to participate in two major StarCraft competitions: DreamHack Bucharest and The GD Invitational.