The Florida Mayhem are known for, among other things, their elaborate entrances each week of the Overwatch League. After the shooting in Parkland last week, the team chose to make a different kind of entrance for their first match of stage two – a tribute to the victims, survivors and community in Florida.
Image credit: Robert Paul, Blizzard Esports
The team entered in a line before joining arms and hanging their heads in a moment of silence preceding their match against the New York Excelsior.
The team also sported patches emblazoned with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mascot, an eagle.
Strong showing from the team tonight! Improvement with every match.
— Florida Mayhem ???????? (@FLMayhem) February 23, 2018
The team members of the Mayhem are not from the US. They hail from Finland, Sweden, Belgium and South Korea. They, like the other teams in the Overwatch League, also don’t play games outside of the league’s official arena in California. In this case though, they still came together under their adopted state’s banner and gave a moment of silence, regardless of where they call home.
In a statement before the match, the team provided links to a victims’ fund for donations. “The tragic events of last week’s school shooting have left us all shaken and upset,” wrote Mayhem CEO Ben Spoont. “As the community begins to heal, we felt a need to try and honor not only the victims but also the message and passion that the community has since voiced.”