One of the top teams in the Overwatch League had to suit up in something other than their preferred jersey, after league managers apparently ruled their their “FU” printed apparel strayed a little too close to the edge of good taste.
Philadelphia Fusion made the grand finals of the Overwatch Contenders series earlier this weekend, but weren’t wearing their official garb which designates them as FU, for Fusion University, the unit’s sponsor. The team’s members confirmed to Dot Esports that their threads were officially verboten. So they wore black shirts yesterday against OpTic Academy yesterday and today against Toronto.
Banned FU jerseys, Nerf @poko shirts, and more on sale now!https://t.co/F3YugsmAKt pic.twitter.com/NAXCE1Dv81— Philadelphia Fusion (@PHL_Fusion) May 13, 2018
Joe Marsh, the chief financial officer of the Fusion, drily noted that the Overwatch League otherwise has no problems with jersey numeral 69, or the “BAMF’ belt buckle that McCree wears in the game, for that matter.
.@BLT @Tran @elk @ZackLombardo_ @crakinlakin @whoru @Alarm721 @Beasthalo @zerg @rownplb @FusionUni pic.twitter.com/A4rN13dfUa— Joe Marsh (@MarsJoe14) May 12, 2018
In any case, Philadelphia Fusion rolled to a 4-1 victory today over Toronto today.
WE'RE CONTENDERS CHAMPS!!! In an impressive display, we take the series 4-1 over @TOesports. GGs to them, and thank you to all of our fans for the support! We're going to stop at nothing to maintain our @owpathtopro contenders success in the future! #pdomjnate #GoFU pic.twitter.com/BtH9tP6MbN— Fusion University (@FusionUni) May 13, 2018
We’ve asked Blizzard what exactly is going on here, and will update if we hear anything back.