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.