The FIFA 20 Global Series kicked off in November 2019. Since then the esport has seen more suspension of players than events for the season. After suspending popular player and gaming personality Kurt “Kurt0411” Fennech earlier, EA is back at it with 15 players axed this month. Among the players facing EA Sports’ disciplinary actions is FUTWIZ’s Kylem “Lyricz” Edwards. Lyricz currently ranks 3rd on the Xbox FIFA Global Series ranking for the season. He is only behind Niklas “Nraseck” Rasecks and Fnatic’s Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt.
EA Sports hits the brakes on FUTWIZ Lyricz and more
The EA SPORTS FIFA Competitive Gaming Team revealed that they suspended Lyricz due to his behavior during an online broadcast playing FIFA 20. The player’s penalty for this offense is a one-qualifier suspension. Therefore, this means that Lyricz is set to miss FUT Champions Cup Stage IV, which starts on Feb. 23. He also loses the chance to battle for 2,000 Global Series points.
However, the one-qualifier suspension allows the FIFA player to compete in FUT Champions Cup Stage III. The event holds in Atlanta on Jan. 17. He can rack up more Global Series points to cement his ticket to the eWorld Cup stage at the end of the season from this event.
Already the player took to Twitter to apologize for his conduct and clarify the situation.
Not much to say on this I already addressed it if you want to seelink below. Made a mistake which won't happen again. Of course it sucks not being able to compete but I broke code of conduct so the ban is fair although I reiterate that there was no malicious intent. https://t.co/xP9YQMdfuT
— FUTWIZ Lyricz (@Lyricz30) January 11, 2020
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia’s Khalid “TheRoyal” Aloufi received a two-year suspension. This suspension is from all qualifiers and live events of the EA Sports FIFA Global Series. TheRoyal’s suspension is a response to prohibited collusion in FIFA eClub World Cup qualifiers.
All other players also received harsh suspensions. These ranged from season-long suspensions to two-year bans. A majority of suspended player offenses stemmed from the trading of coins and accounts between players.
The pressure to qualify for events and improve global rankings sees these trading activities rise. EA Sports FIFA states that FUT Champions Verified players will answer to much higher standards. EA will not tolerate such activities in the esports scene.