Former Seoul Dynasty main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek has been fined $3,000 for leaking sensitive Overwatch League information of upcoming changes to take place during Stage 4 of the 2019 season.
Fissure, who recently came out of retirement to join the Vancouver Titans after leaving Seoul Dynasty on June 26, was given the fine after taking to his personal Twitch channel and discussed information regarding the 2-2-2 role lock that will be coming to Overwatch League during Stage 4. “I’m retired now, so I'll say it,” said Fissure. “Next stage, four, 2-2-2 lock is confirmed.” Although the information about role lock was relatively known by most within the Overwatch community as the rumor has been around for several months, confirmation of the change had not yet been made. Role lock was officially added to the game a month later.
Fissure’s punishment was officially issued on November 26 for “sharing confidential league information,” according to the 2019 OWL Player Discipline Tracker, the first punishment of the kind to be handed down by the Overwatch League, as well as the largest. Won-Jae “Rise” Lee was previously fined $1,000 by Overwatch League for account sharing and Joon-yeong “Profit” Park was fined $1,000 for making a derogatory hand gesture during a live broadcast.
Being that Fissure was retired when he spoke of the new update on Twitch, he faced no discipline for discussing the confidential information. However, with Fissure re-joining Overwatch League and signing with the Vancouver Titans for 2020, it’s possible that Fissure being an active player had something to do with it.
Hopefully, Fissure has learned his lesson from all of this and will wait until he’s officially retired before speaking on any more confidential information. Fissure will be eligible to play for the Vancouver Titans during their week one grudge match on February 8, 2020, as they take on the Los Angeles Gladiators.