Due to a series of violations of Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) rules, Aaron ”erho” Kappes is being fined $1,500 and suspended for the rest of the year. In addition, erho’s team, Simplicity, has chosen to release him. Simplicity will use a substitute for Week 6 of HGC North America play, and will have until March 28 to choose a replacement team member.
Erho was found to have violated the following HGC rules:
7. CONDUCT OF PLAYERS, COACHES AND MANAGERS
(a) All Team Members must at all times observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship. Team Members are required to behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner in their interactions with other competitors, Qualifier organizers and members of the administration team, the media, sponsors and fans.
(a) Blizzard is committed to providing a competitive environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.
(b) In furtherance of this commitment, Team Members engaged in the North America League are prohibited from engaging harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other status or characteristic protected by law.
Blizzard does not condone this behavior from HGC players, and we expect them to uphold the values of the league.