A Virginia driver has been suspended from driving for two years after using his Uber driver’s password to run a 32-player tournament in his vehicle. During the Overwatch esport event, the two drivers, who looked exactly alike, kicked off the first match by teaming up as U.S. President Donald Trump and world leader Vladimir Putin.
“I regret my actions,” the driver, Cameron Lawson, said in a statement after the win.
In a statement to the Times, Uber said they have “sincerely apologized to all involved” and has suspended Lawson’s account for two years. “We are committed to making sure this never happens again,” said the statement.
Live broadcasts of events in competitive Overwatch games often feature hashtags such as #fastcasual or #popcultureideas and speculation on what various drivers will be wearing (in this case, shirts that had Trump’s name plastered across the front.) It is not the first time a driver’s username has been used in an esports context — last year, a Reddit post about the “Rumble of the Rumble” held in Hawaii raised questions about the “Big Rig Driver,” a player called “Nighthawk,” who is regularly seen in videos of competitive matches.
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In the Virginia case, the drivers were up against a 12-year-old gamer who ran his own, competing team named OpTic Gaming. The tournament was put on through the League of Legends, a popular eSports platform.
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