Gaming Sites Boycott Collusion In Tournaments

Gaming Sites Boycott Collusion In Gaming Tournaments

Last weekend at the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 finals, two of the top players were accused of cheating, sparking an outrage by pretty much everyone. The two players, Flocker and ChrisG, allegedly collaborated to throw the last fight of the finals and split the winnings.

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Both players denied all allegations, but for ChrisG, this is not the first time he has been accused of colluding. Though none of these charges have been proven, one tournament already plans to take action. A New York based tournament called Mashfest NYC is already planning to ban ChrisG from future events.

Mashfest NYC:

We said this after that random select grand finals in Canada, but next time we do a tourney ChrisG is banned.

After the match, MadCatz’s MarkMan stated that they do not support collusion in matches and went on to say that any player engaging in practices like those would be immediately suspended. As of yesterday, MadCatz partnered up with fighting game sites Shoryuken and EventHubs to officially announce that they would boycott any tournaments that refuse to set up specific anti-collusion rules. Both sites, Shoryuken and EventHubs, released an official statement.

Competitive spirit is the lifeblood of the fighting game community. Unfortunately, this year we have seen a few incidents where players intentionally underperformed, usually in the final matches of a tournament. This behavior is unacceptable, and it must end.

To guarantee the integrity of future tournaments, major tournament directors have come together to standardize Evo’s rule regarding player collusion:

“Collusion of any kind with your competitors is considered cheating. If the Tournament Director determines that any competitor is colluding to manipulate the results or intentionally underperforming, the collaborating players may be immediately disqualified. This determination is to be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Anyone disqualified in this manner forfeits all rights to any titles or prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.”

I think that this rule would be a good thing; fans don’t want to watch boring half-assed fights where the players already know who is going to win. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the anti-collusion rules.

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