The YouTuber has already been banned from competing at pro events (Picture: Getty)

Electronic Arts have banned FIFA 20 competitor and leading streamer Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech from the game, accusing him of ‘threatening behaviour’ – something he vehemently denies.

Fenech has a long-running and contentious relationship with EA, having been banned from pro FIFA competitions in November last year for abusive behaviour during livestreams, notably spitting on a scarf baring the company’s logo.

The Maltese gamer – who is the number four ranked FIFA20 Twitch streamer according to twitchmetrics – is an outspoken critic of the FIFA video game series, picking apart the game on his YouTube channel.

Kurt highlight issues with FIFA20’s gameplay on his streams and uploads (Picture: Getty)

A recent upload in which he called out EA’s community managers was copy-striked and removed from YouTube and appears to have prompted the company to ban Fenech from playing the game entirely.

‘Kurt has continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media and he has encouraged others to do the same,’ EA said in a statement.

‘His messages have crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks and breach our Terms of Service. We will not tolerate threatening behaviour. As a result, today Kurt0411’s EA account will be banned from playing our games and accessing our services.’

Although Fenech can be quite extreme in his insults – he calls EA employees ‘rats’ and routinely tells them to ‘suck his balls’ when he scores – he, and many of his fans, believe he is simply pointing out the flaws in a game that needs marked improvements.

Reacting to his ban on social media, he posted: ‘Incredible stuff honestly, banning me from their esports wasn’t enough, trying to get my Twitch and YouTube channels banned wasn’t enough, now they shut down my 10-year plus FUT Founder account. No words.

‘At the end of the day I have never said anything I shouldn’t have. This is just deeper than anyone thinks. They didn’t want me competing at events because they were scared I’d win them.

‘Now I’m the second biggest streamer of their game and they’re scared I’ll overtake their golden boy [likely a rival streamer called Edwin ‘Castro_1021’ Castro]. When everything is said and done we’ll beat them trust me. They have money but we have numbers. F*ck them and everyone on their side.’

Fenech also tweeted EA in response to their statement, saying: ‘Could you give me examples of when I have threatened your incompetent employees?’

The drama compounds a bad week for EA, with the world’s best FIFA player ‘Tekkz’ – real name Donovan Hunt – saying ‘no-one enjoys playing’ the game during a tournament live stream and dubbing the game ‘unrewarding’, while his rival Mosaad ‘MSDossary’ Aldossary says the game is ‘no fun’.

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