Yesterday, the Overwatch esports community was sent into an uproar after pro player Daniel "Dafran" Francesca angrily quit his stream and sent out a fiery tweet claiming he was done with Overwatch for good. Today, he reneged his words.
Dafran is an immensely popular pro-player-turned-streamer in the Overwatch community who rose to popularity in the pre-Overwatch League era under team Selfless. While on the team, he regularly streamed himself actively throwing ranked games, which eventually earned him a hefty ban from Overwatch Contenders and the first season of the Overwatch League.
Despite the ban, Dafran bounced back and cleaned up his act, going on to become one of the most popular Overwatch streamers yet. He made his triumphant return to pro Overwatch on October 28th when he announced that he would be joining the Atlanta Reign for the 2019 Overwatch League season.
That seemed to be the case, anyway, until yesterday when he tweeted this:
"The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion but its impossible, I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended, Overwatch uninstalled, Mcdonalds here I come. For real though thanks for everything u have given me OW Community" [sic]
On stream, Dafran uninstalled Overwatch and reverted his Twitch emotes to an old set which heavily feature Pepe the Frog (whose likeness is frowned upon by the Overwatch League). For a moment, it looked as if this player who has had such a turbulent, love-hate relationship with Overwatch had finally snapped and would leave it behind for good.
But 24 hours later, Dafran returned with an announcement and an apology.
"Still in ATL Reign, didnt quit like I said. I messed up, dont know what to say except sorry to the community, my fans and ATL. It wasnt jebait, sometimes I have these days and make dumb mistakes. Going forward im going to stream less and focus on making myself and my team better," [sic] he wrote on Twitter.
Fans, pro players, community members, and more welcomed Dafran back with open arms, many advising him to take care of himself first and foremost. "I think once you get to LA and you have the support of your teammates/staff you will see it is a lot different in person and might be a huge benefit. Wishing you and
@Selfless_Brad the best," wrote Chris "HuK" Loranger, the President of Gaming for the Kraft Group.
You can see Dafran in action during the second season of the Overwatch League, which starts February 14, 2019.
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