heroes of the storm

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.”


“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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  1. Jizzard cum company on July 26, 2016

    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!

    • RealityCheck on August 1, 2016

      Awww, are you butthurt about some random mental patient? I’m sure you’re a reliable law expert.

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  3. MentalHealth? on July 25, 2016

    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?


    • Merkadis on July 25, 2016

      Well nobody checks the mental heath of mental health checkers, after all. So i suppose the questions is, who checks the mental health of California. Haha.

  4. trionisshit on July 24, 2016

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

    • Youareshit on July 24, 2016

      Keep delusioning.

    • LMAO keep talking shit kid why do u even bother clicking on these and commenting.. stop wasting ur time shit kid

      • derp on July 24, 2016

        then go make a game yourself if u think u so good at it

    • ZED_pt on July 24, 2016

      Yea Overwatch is a clear sign of Blizzard decline…
      90% of the gaming industry would kill to be in that “sinking boat” alongside them.

    • Trenix on July 25, 2016

      Blizzard is just a hype company, plenty of hype, never keeps the momentum. All they got going is their name. Diablo III never got it’s promised features. Starcraft II sabotaged the arcade concept. Heroes of the Storm has a terrible mmr and ranking system where they do nothing to punish intentional throwers.

      Overwatch is just another shooting game, a pretty bad one at that and contains nothing special. Hearthstone is pay to win which gets worse with it’s pay to win concept overtime.

      Just fans that keep that terrible company alive, think the company should move onto movie production. Least they’re good with that…

    • Cyril on July 29, 2016

      You should keep company in prison to that player.

  5. tosh on July 24, 2016

    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.

  6. Razer on July 23, 2016

    Typical MOBA player.

  7. Derpina on July 23, 2016

    Really want to hurt blizzard? Stop playing their games

    • LAMBDA471 on July 24, 2016

      Haha! That’s true, but all those people are just plain stupid.

      They complain about stuff and keep playing even though they don’t like something. If they were smart enough, had the slightest bit of decency, a bit of willpower and moral standards above the level of a sea cucumber, they would just uninstall the game and hurt Blizzard financially, but they won’t they are too stupid.

      I would imagine they walk into walls hit themselves in the forehead for hours wondering why can’t they aren’t getting to their destination.

      • Trenix on July 25, 2016

        They’re not stupid, just it’s hard for people to move on when they invested so much time and effort into something. The company is sabotaging itself, it’s a matter of time before more people quit and the game fails. Either that or the developers wise up.

        Also Blizzard knows how to force people to continue playing the game they hate by doing daily quests. They feel they’ll return after things fix up, so they better farm that gold.

  8. ASA on July 23, 2016

    Didn’t know some players took the game that seriously o-o

  9. HiMaster on July 23, 2016

    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.

    • Supreme on July 23, 2016

      Visit a doctor please,you got mental health problems.

    • king on July 23, 2016

      get mad stay mad

    • ZED_pt on July 23, 2016

      All that hate,why?
      You should realise that what you do or do not like,does not reflect on everyone else opinion.That is a clear sign of narcisism and lack of intelegence.
      It´s a site,there are hundreds covering the exact same subjects,close MMOBomb tab and open a new one.It would take half the time it took writting that idiotic comment

    • kek on July 23, 2016

      Blizzard was a good company, still is for some. Regardless, the article is not out of place. Blizzard has f2p games and is posted in a f2p mmo website. What’s your problem?

      • LeiHngWei on July 25, 2016

        Probably jealous Cebula stole their thunder, and the article/arrest wasn’t about them?

    • Huehuehue on July 25, 2016

      Well considering that HotS is a FREE TO PLAY MOBA, it’s more than okay to “advertise” it. Granted this particular author posts quite a bit of useless crap, she has cut down on just filler articles from what I’ve seen lately. But anyways, they only cover HOTS really from them, so if you wanna complain go find another site. No matter where you go Blizz will be covered by just about every site Free to play or not because they are still the behemoth of the market. Or quit online gaming altogether? Would save us all the trouble of seeing kids like you whining because you’re one of the hipster “Too kool for blizz” kids. Go play your Wii