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Hearthstone Esports announced today that it has suspended one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, following allegations of domestic abuse.
“Hearthstone Esports is aware of the allegations made against United States grandmaster Paul ‘Zalae’ Nemeth. Upon further review, we have suspended Zalae from competing in all Hearthstone Esports events, ”Hearthstone Esports wrote in a tweet.
Blizzard confirmed in an email to Kotaku that the suspension is for one year, but did not provide further comment.
In a TwitLonger posted in January, a former Nemeth partner described the physical and emotional abuse that she claimed occurred when they were together.
The response from Blizzard, the developer and publisher behind Hearthstone and its Grandmasters esports competition, comes after nearly three months of silence regarding the allegations and a day before the 2021 Grandmasters season begins. Esports site Inven Global reported that Blizzard told them it was “aware of the allegations and that they are evaluating the matter” when asked for comment on April 7. On social media, many Hearthstone fans have expressed their relief that Blizzard appears to have finally taken action.
Kotaku reached out to Nemeth and Nemeth’s former partner for comment, but did not receive responses in time for posting.