YouTuber Banned From Every EA Game And Online Service After Rants, Threats

Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech, a FIFA Pro who is probably more notorious/famous for his YouTube presence, has been hit with one of the most severe online punishments I’ve ever seen, having been banned by EA from playing any of their games online or even accessing any of their online services.

The ban comes after Fenech’s long-running feud with EA—which we’ve covered previously—reached a breaking point, with EA issuing the following statement earlier today:

If you can’t read that on your phone, here’s the key part:

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 SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series events or future competitions. 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 behaviour. 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.

We build games and communities for players to have fun. Creating a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone without fear of harassment or abuse is a vital part of that. Our Terms of Service include a Code of Conduct that we ask players to abide by to keep our communities healthy and safe. We have an ongoing focus to create communities where everyone feels safe and respected, including in-game toxicity reporting tools as well as new moderation tools. And, we will continue to add more features.

While the ban seems incredibly harsh, and there’s an argument it sets a heavy-handed precedent, Fenech’s conduct has been extreme, and his monologues against FIFA have moved from simply complaining about the game to deeply unhinged tirades and threats against the game’s developers.

Here, for example, is a video from last year, where an expletive-laden rant culminates in his spitting on an EA Sports scarf.

Shortly after his ban, a number of EA Sports employees had their Twitter accounts hacked, while Fenech was telling viewers of his YouTube channel extremely normal things like “In reality, every single one of these employees who has worked on the last couple of games should be unemployed right now” and “It’s about damn time you start caring about us. We deserve justice. We deserve a damn football game.”

And last week, Fenech went so far as...collabing on this deeply cringeworthy diss track aimed at EA. Over a football video game.

For being one of the biggest and most popular game series on the planet, FIFA sure has some issues when it comes to its pros and personalities. Here, for example, is one of the world’s best players shitting all over FIFA 20...while at an esports tournament for FIFA 20.


Comments

    Honestly, the FIFA games are terrible microtransaction laden rubbish...

    Still doesn't excuse his behaviour however.

      Yeah exactly, I think FIFA has really gone down hill with is micotransaction trashiness, but vote with your wallet, don't threaten the employees.

    HAHAHA this guy is a few beers short of a six pack. I thought I had gripes with some video game publishers, but this guy takes the crown lol.

    Their game, they can do what they want. It's not a right to be allowed to play a particular game. And if the capitalist monster that is EA decide they no longer want your money, you've really stepped over their line.
    Sucks to be him. Now he'll fade into obscurity abd have to get a "real" job. All his own fault.

      Actually, it is a right to play it if you paid money to purchase a license for it. They can reasonably deny you access to online services if you violate the ToU, which is what the players actions violated, but you are entitled to use that game for singleplayer/offline purposes as long as you do not violate the EULA (where it does not conflict with local laws). This is where always-online comes up against a wall though, and it has never really been tested in court. My reading of it would be the player would be entitled to a refund at least if the game was no longer functional due to the players account being blocked from online services making it completely unplayable, akin to the company saying "we don't want your money", as you put it, as being unable to play the game would constitute a major problem under the ACL. Whether the court would rule that as the problem derived from the players actions resulting in termination of online services, they are not entitled to have the major problem remedied under the ACL or not, is a matter of interpretation though. I would love to see the arguments put forth by the relevant parties for that case.

        We had not only a playstation account banned but also the console itself locked. With the money spent, I found it disgusting.

        In this case...

        A service has a major problem when:

        it has a problem that would have stopped someone from buying it if they’d known about it - The ban relates to a violation(s) of their terms of use, this wouldn't apply as there is no problem with the game.

        it is substantially unfit for its common purpose and can’t easily be fixed within a reasonable time - Wouldn't apply again as above.

        it does not meet the specific purpose you asked for and cannot easily be fixed within a reasonable time - Wouldn't apply again as the game fulfilled it's purpose, a violation of TOU's wouldn't be considered a problem with the product/service.

        it creates an unsafe situation. - nope again

        This is much the same in respect to a product or goods as there has to be some sort of defined problem/be unfit/not as described to be consider a major problem A violation of TOU's is not a problem with the product or service itself. I have a hard time thinking he would have any right to a refund under ACL.

          He can't play his game. For him it would be broken. He would definitely get a refund... Would it EA can refuse him to purchase further games but they can't ban his existing offline ones .

          The worrying thing is as of yet as of yet have not provided any evidence to their claims...
          On the contrary all the YouTube content I've sent on the topic has been demonitized by them regardless of content in the video.

            No, the product/service is not broken! He has been banned for violating their TOU. There is no problem with the game en masse. Additionally, Aus consumer guarantees do not apply if you misused a product in any way that caused the problem. So no he wouldn't get a refund on this basis under, under ACL anyway.

    This will be interesting cause this will most likely be followed up by law suits by EA to protect their employees from harassment. Which will be an easy case to win given the video evidence and most judges won't get past the whole "You threaten the lives of over 100+ people over a video game?"

    I can understand blocking somebody from online multiplayer. But banning somebody from accessing the games they've purchased is kind of fucked up.

    I kind of wonder how he got to this point in the first place. Why spend so much of your time playing a game that you hate?

      Money

        If somebody hates their job that much, they probably need to find a different job.

      Reminds me of all the "worst game ever" Steam reviews from people with over a thousand hours played.

      It seems that some seek to suffer.

      I've got a feeling they don't actually hate the game or its makers, it just started as a frustrated moment that they realised got a good reaction from their audience and kept playing it up.

      Could be wrong, but to me it looked like a fairly typical YouTube rant that's more about acting upset than actually being upset because drama makes audiences happy.

    Good on him EA Games are horrible, guess he's had enough,
    About time someone did.
    EA getting publicly humiliated by its pro's for making shit games. Good on them.
    Shame so many people are taking the side of EA, the world's gone mad.
    So what he spat on a logo, I know it's 2020 but we don't all have to act like we need a safe place.
    Centerlink, EMT, police and many other workers get spat on, actual people, not a corporate logo.
    Imagine that.

      I think it was more the death threats, rather then the spitting on a logo perhaps?

        EA haven't actually provided any evidence yet... So so far it's just EA's word against his until actual proof is provided.

        The whole innocent until proven guilty thing.

      Nah, there’s a massive difference between being openly critical of a game/developer/publisher and targeted harassment of individuals.
      The only one he has to blame for his downfall is himself, he used to be an entertaining fixture in the scene who let the fame and notoriety go to his head.

      The world's gone mad when people can't understand that you're allowed to disagree with this guy's shitty behaviour, as well as things EA does.

      The notion that, "If you condemn one you then you must be a supporter of the other and everything they do!", is a level of stupid that could bring about the heat death of the universe.

        The heat death threat of the universe.

        Too soon? :(

    He seems pretty unhinged. That being said EA are no angels, and keep on telling us they know what their gamers want / need while treating them like breathing wallets. It’s a crying shame greed has ruined so many, once decent, publishers and developers.

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      EA has been the Evil Empire since at least the 90s tho, as former Origin Systems Incorporated employers would tell you. There’s a reason that the Guardian’s blackrock generators were the symbols from the old Electronics Arts logo.

    Yeah... this guy needs to grow up big time. The immaturity displayed along with asinine and erratic speech and behavour are indicative of much bigger and deep seeded issues. He needs to take a good look inside himself and re-evaluate what he is doing with his life. Especially on how he interracts with his fellow species. Very sad. Hope he gets the help he sorely needs.

    This person's actions are very spiteful, immature and egregious. I also don't understand why they would keep playing and supporting a game that they do not enjoy. If anything they are still propagating decisions made by EA in the development or future development of the game. If they see it as their job then they can move to another position (game) or a different industry.

    However, I don't agree with EA disabling access to the purchased game. Or these days, rented access to the IP. Disable access to the online component.

    So people really need to get a life. If you are calling for people to be fired just because their idea of fun is not your idea of fun, thats bad enough, but if a game conjures this much hate, pettiness, and lameness in a person, it has NOTHING to do with the game.

    “It’s about damn time you start caring about us. We deserve justice. We deserve a damn football game.”

    Lol, he's so stupid he can't even get the sport right! Soccer.

    I'm getting sick of Youtubers thinking they're rappers and dropping trash music. Also this guy is a fuckin' idiot.

    I hate EA as much as the next person but this is somewhat unhinged.

    After watching the videos, fuck that guy has some REAL problems. Like the fuck guy.

    However that was all on YouTube/whatever; no ingame chat or voice used at all so only their subscribers will see it (who probably also have REAL problems) making it outside their TOS scope.

    Snowflake is unhappy with the computer game?

    Fantastic. The man-child who can't control himself got what he deserves. Will probably end up in prison one day.

    What an absolute fuckwit for YouTuber Kurt and that is sending threatening message to EA and their employees to lift his ban from playing in EA Sports FIFA 20 that is absolutely unacceptable and EA will not tolerate this threatening behaviour now he won't be playing any EA Sports or EA game at all for the rest of his life.

    I find it odd the twitter post focused on the spitting on the EA logo Scarf and not the threats against employees

    What kind of fucked up corporate culture has people defending a damn logo over actual people

    EA is child exploiting scum and who cares if someone spits on a EA logo

    Yep thats what our kids watch these days. Although I almost spat on my pc trying to make a comment with the bloody ads on Kotaku bouncing the web page around for ever.

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