Hearthstone Esports announced today that they have suspended one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, on charges of domestic abuse.
Hearthstone Esports is aware of allegations against US Grandmaster Paul ‘Zalae’ Nemeth. After 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 has not provided further comment.
In a TwitLonger published in January, a former partner of Nemeth outlined physical and emotional abuse that she says occurred when they were together.
The answer from Blizzard, the developer and publisher behind it Hearthstone and its Grandmasters esports competition, comes after nearly three months of silence about the accusations and a day before the 2021 Grandmasters season begins. Sports field Inven Global reported that Blizzard told them they were “aware of the allegations and assessing the case” when asked for comment on April 7th. On social media, there are many Hearthstone fans have expressed relief that Blizzard finally seems to have acted.
Kotaku stretched out to Nemeth and Nemeths bworms partner for comment but did not receive response in time for publication.