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EA Sports’ FIFA Staff Members Harassed Online Amid Twitter Hacking Scandal


Several EA Sports employees were hacked on Twitter after FIFA 20 player and former FIFA Global Series competitor Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech was banned from live events. Fenech was banned for repeated Code of Conduct violations, both at live competitions and on his YouTube account. Here is everything we know so far.


Last week, we learned of disciplinary measures EA was taking against a handful of players, including Kurt0411. Here is the clip from Kurt’s Twitch channel that led to his permanent ban (warning: vulgar language and gestures).

Last week, multiple FIFA community managers had their personal Twitter accounts hacked. The accounts began posting messages supporting Fenech. The posts also included apologies from EA, even calling Fenech’s ban a “mistake” while appearing to lift his lifetime ban.

Below are two examples of fake posts made from staff members’ Twitter accounts while they were hacked.



Fenech continues to bash EA and FIFA on his YouTube channel, making it highly unlikely he ever has his ban lifted. In a recent video, Kurt said, “This is the main reason I got banned. These guys, they live in this delusional world where they think they’re doing a good job. They think everything’s fine, when in reality it’s not. In reality, every single one of these employees who has worked on the last couple of games should be unemployed right now. That’s what should happen to them.”

The hacked Twitter accounts remain suspended at this time. You can read EA’s original statement in its entirety below.


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