Call of Duty esports star Seth "Scump" Abner tweeted regarding a fine he had received recently during a sponsored stream of Raid: Shadow Legends. According to Scump, he was fined for the sponsored stream on his channel by Activision Blizzard, who runs the Call of Duty League Scump competes in, and that this fine also came during the league's off-season.
Scump didn't provide many further details regarding the fine, but his tweet implies that he was fined for playing a sponsored stream of a game other than Call of Duty, and during the off Call of Duty League off-season, no less. Even if Scump was fined during the CDL season, the implication of him being unable to stream other games, sponsored or not, has been criticized for its restrictiveness by the community since the tweet started circulating.
In a tweet that followed, Scump mentioned that the CDL also required professional players participating in the league to sign a player 'contract' in front of the league without lawyers present. Scump described it as a "sign now or you can't play" situation, and that he wanted to share this information publicly despite expecting to be fined yet again for doing so.
Former Overwatch League professional player Brandon "Seagull" Larned spoke up to corroborate Scump's experience, stating that Activision-Blizzard had given OWL pros a bunch of streaming rules and policies that would apparently remove autonomy from players regarding their own media channels and also restrict them from criticizing Overwatch. Seagull stated that upon being presented with these policies, his team did not sign and walked away.
Inven Global has reached out to Activision Blizzard, Scump, and Seagull for comment. No party has responded or provided a statement at this time.
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