Popular streamer Jaehyung "Chu8" Park has been disqualified from participating in the 2017 HGC after choosing to leave Team 8, according to a press release by Blizzard on Friday. Citing breaches of contract listed under the Roster Locks and Roster Changes sections in the contract, Blizzard revoked Chu8's eligibility to compete, coach, advise or otherwise become involved in HGC activities for the remainder of the year.
Team 8 qualified for HGC North America in the final qualifier, beating out former Top 8 NA team Vox Nihili. According to a Reddit post by Chu8, the team knew he wished to work in a more relaxed practice environment. After qualifying for the HGC, his teammates voiced their desire to become more serious about competitive play.
"I made sure to let everyone know that I want this team to take more of a casual approach to the tournament," he stated. "However, when we did qualify and things got more serious, we could not agree on the level of commitment we [wanted] to make as, mostly a team because of me wanting to focus on my stream.
"It was clear to me there are more complications here than I expected. I coulda been a d***** and just rake in the $$ while forcing a bad practice schedule and toxic team environment, but that's not me. This is the best decision for all."
Chu8 will be replaced by Kyle "Prismaticism" Belaiche, formerly of Dumpster Tier Superstars. He joins Team 8's players Mike “Glaurung” Fisk, Justin “Justing” Gapp, Chandler “Buds” Gavran and Orie "YoDa" Guo.
Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports and veteran hotdoge collector. You can find her on Twitter.