A Sacramento man is now facing up to 5 years in prison for threatening not only fellow Heroes of the Storm gamers, but also Blizzard staff, as reported by The Department of Justice.
According to the court documents, Steven Cebula, 28, sent a series of messages to other Heroes of the Storm players through the in-game chat system, threatening them and their children with physical violence. After being silenced from the in-game chat, Cebula subsequently sent messages to Blizzard via Facebook, mentioning Blizzard HQ’s location, an AK47 and “other opportunistic tools”, saying that, “It would be a shame to piss off the wrong person.”
As gamers, we have always had to deal with some type of virtual harassment at one point or another. Luckily, Blizzard took swift action initiating the investigation that began on July 3rd. Authorities obtained a search warrant for Cebula’s home, which was executed on July 12th, 2016 just after 6:00 am. After he was questioned, the FBI deemed an arrest was necessary and Cebula was taken into custody under the charge of Transmitting Threats in Interstate Commerce (18 U.S. Code § 875(c)). Cebula was being held without bail until his arraignment on July 26th.
You can read the full documentation of the case below. Be warned that these court documents contain charges that are very graphic in nature so please read at your own discretion.