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Apex Legends Team Banned From Esports Event For Teabagging Own Teammate

Abhimannu Das
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A team has been banned from all ongoing and future Fate Legion events after one of its players teabagged a teammate.
There were no rules in place regarding teabagging and a tournament admin took the decision on his own.
The ban was awarded as the event wants to create a “safe space” for players without toxicity.

A semi-pro Apex Legends team was banned from a Fate Legion event after one of its players teabagged a teammate who was dead in-game. The tournament admin banned the team immediately after one of its players was found teabagging his teammate and it led to part of the Apex Legends community being upset over the decision. The tournament organizers had no rules in place that would cover teabagging, especially with the players doing it among themselves as banter but the team was kicked out of the competition regardless.

What is teabagging?

Teabagging is a form of taunting other players in multiplayer games where players stand over the body of eliminated players and repeatedly crouch over the body. The taunt is meant to mimic a sexual act and doing it in a game often gets mixed reactions from esports communities. While some treat it as just banter between players, others see it as toxic.

Tournament organizer explains why the team was banned

The tournament admin who banned the team revealed that the event was meant to create a “safe space” for gamers and teabagging would not be allowed in it. The team claimed that the players were just joking around with each other and the admin ended up shutting down the entire server.

The team has been banned from all future Fate Legion events over a rule that was not even specified. Banter between teammates is completely normal and it happens in not just esports but also in traditional sports.NFL’s LA Chargers player Joey Bosa hit a “Halo teabag” during a football match in December 2021 and it is also common for Major League Baseball players to taunt.

As long as players are not being disrespectful towards each other, there should be no reason to ban them. There were no rules in the tournament about teabagging and banning the team from all future events without any warning was too aggressive.

While toxicity is a problem in video games, joking around and harmless banter are often accepted even in the biggest competitions. Even the Apex Legends Global Series saw several instances of teabagging at the world championship and no one took it as seriously as the Fate Legion event’s tournament admin.


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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.


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