Madden Bowl Winner Forced to Give Back $3,000

Chris “Dubby” McFarland proved himself the best Madden NFL 17 player in the country after defeating Eric “Problem” Wright in the grand finals of the Madden Bowl just over a week ago. Less than a week later he was forced to give back $3,000 of his $75,000 prize winnings after violating EA’s Code of Conduct.

EA announced the decision last Wednesday, with Matt Marcou, the competitive gaming commissioner for Madden stating,

During and directly after the competition, Chris posted multiple message on a personal social media account that referenced inappropriate content. These posts violated our Code of Conduct and don’t represent the values of our organization. We immediately met with Chris to warn him that his posts were inappropriate and could not continue. Unfortunately, additional offensive messages were posted in subsequent days —Chris has since removed them.
— Matt Marcou, the competitive gaming commissioner for Madden

As a result of his behavior, the organization decided to deduct $3,000 from his prize winnings as well as 100 Madden NFL Championship Series points, which players use to qualify for tournaments throughout the year. The “inappropriate” tweets in question have since been deleted, with Marcou adding that it was only because the behavior continued after the warning that EA decided to formally punish the player.