Hearthstone Esports announced today that they have suspended one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, following allegations of abuse of the home.
Hearthstone Esports is aware of the allegations against US Grandmaster Paul ‘Zalae’ Nemeth. Upon closer inspection, we have suspended Zalae from competing in all Hearthstone Esports events, ”Hearthstone Esports wrote in a chirping.
Blizzard confirmed in an email to Kotaku that the suspension is for one year, but did not comment further.
In a TwitLonger posted in January, a former partner of Nemeth outlined the physical and emotional abuse she says happened when they were together.
The answer from Blizzard, the developer and publisher behind it Hearthstone and the Grandmasters esports competition, comes after almost three months of silence regarding the accusations and a day before the 2021 Grandmasters season begins. Esports website Inven Global reported that Blizzard told them they were “aware of the allegations and considering the case” when asked for comment on April 7. On social media, there are many Hearthstone fans have expressed relief that Blizzard seems to have taken action in the end.
Kotaku reached out to Nemeth and Nemeths bworms partner for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.