Heroes of the Storm Player Arrested Over Death Threats Directed Against Blizzard

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A player of Blizzard's popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm is currently facing federal charges after making death threats to other players and the company's employees. The player -- 28-year-old Stephen Cebula -- was arrested last week after sending what police consider "credible threats" to Blizzard staff.

According to court documents, courtesy of Polygon, Cebula was reported by players for sending them threats over chat. Blizzard responded by cutting the offender's chat privleges, after which he began threatening the company's staff via Facebook.

According to the documents, Cebula's Facebook page -- which used the handle "tedbundyismygod1" -- states that he is an "underling" at "Serialkillers Scanlator" and that he has studied "Anything and Everything at Serial Killers." The document has snippets of chat messages sent to players that we won't quote here due to language. It also highlights two snippets sent to Blizzard via Facebook which read:

"Careful blizzard... I live in California and your headquarters is here in California... You keep silencing me in Heroes of the Storm and I may or may not pay you a visit with an AK47 amongst some other "fun" tools."

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"You keep silencing people in heroes of the storm and someone who may live in California might be inclined to 'cause a disturbance' at your headquarters in California with an AK47 and a few other 'opportunistic tools'... I would be a shame to piss off the wrong person. Do you not agree blizzard?"

Cebula is currently being held without bail due to "significant" mental health issues and his hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday. He currently faces a maximum jail time of five years and a $250,000 fine.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (25)

Jizzard cum company 6 years ago
LOL 5 years in prison for death threats is bs. 250,000 dollar fine is bs. People have been sending all these companies this kind of dumb sh*t for years. Law says 1 year tops for these type of threats lol fuck blizzard hope their headquarters burn down! OH NO ARREST ME!

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ghklj 6 years ago
millennials...

MentalHealth? 6 years ago
Interesting California....you do not give him bail because the guy has "serious mental health issues" yet you think 5 years in jail is the place for him?

K

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trionisshit 6 years ago
SHIT DEVS SHIT GAME, another copy paste brainless moba, blizzard died, everyone leaviing this sinking boat

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tosh 6 years ago
At least they do something. At Dirtybomb the same happened. Nexon doesn't even care about it. You give them screenshoots and videos of people who used almost the same lines and they just don't care. They tell you to ignore them. At least blizzad does something to stop them. For real thumbsdown for Nexon.

Razer 6 years ago
Typical MOBA player.

Derpina 6 years ago
Really want to hurt blizzard? Stop playing their games

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ASA 6 years ago
Didn't know some players took the game that seriously o-o

HiMaster 6 years ago
change the name of this site to " suckactivisionblizzardballs"

you really are pathetic with these "articles". worst company ever and all you do is post spam about it to advertise it.

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