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Michigan man accused of killing his boyfriend because of Overwatch

A Michigan man has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly killing his 10-year-old boyfriend on popular FPS game Overwatch.

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Michigan man Docquen Jovo Watkins has been accused of killing his boyfriend, Rory Teasley, on Blizzard’s popular FPS Monitoring. The incident follows Monitoringfrom the recent free trial period on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, which ran throughout the holiday season until Sunday, January 2.


Monitoring, a team-based multiplayer shooter, had a few months of controversy. As fans continue to wait for its sequel to release, developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment has come under fire as a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. Activision Blizzard’s ongoing abuse and discrimination lawsuit has impacted every studio under its umbrella, forcing many to turn away from even its most popular games. Earlier this month, it was reported that The LEGO Group was reassessing its partnership with Activision Blizzard due to the accusations, leading the next LEGO Monitoring sets to be delayed indefinitely.

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As reported by NBC Going through GameSpot, a Michigan man is accused of killing his longtime boyfriend Monitoring. On the evening of the incident, January 6, accused murderer Docquen Jovo Watkins reportedly called police, telling deputies that he and his partner of 10 years, Rory Teasley, had “in a fight.” Watkins claimed Teasley was “”sleep on the couchfrom their Pontiac home when he reported the domestic dispute. When authorities arrived at the scene, Teasley was unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said of the incident: “We see far too often across the country these days where people resort to violence over petty, petty disagreements.” Although the exact nature of the alleged altercation remains unclear, Bouchard said: “There’s never a reason why violence is okay over a disagreement.”

Michigan man killed after argument with boyfriend over Overwatch

Releases in the multiplayer genre have often made headlines due to the toxicity often seen in online FPS games. Titles like Call of Duty: Warzone, Dota 2, and Monitoring have often faced controversy about their communities, with racism, homophobia, sexism and bullying being some of the issues many users face when trying to play a game with others online. line. Many developers have focused on new measures to reduce toxicity in online games, by banning those reported for misconduct.

While Watkins said he had an argument with his boyfriend over Monitoring, it is unclear what happened prior to the incident, and until police can provide further evidence, it is not safe to assume that the incident was directly caused by gambling Although some studies suggest that gaming can promote violent behavior, no concrete evidence has been confirmed and, as a popular Games for Change video from 2018 points out, there are many empathetic and curious moments in gaming that don’t. do not include violent depictions.

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Source: NBC (Going through GameSpot)

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