Major tournaments, Shoryuken, EventHubs and Mad Catz take stand against collusion, coverage will be determined by rule inclusion in future

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 30, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. PDT
Major tournaments, Shoryuken, EventHubs and Mad Catz take stand against collusion, coverage will be determined by rule inclusion in future In partnership with Shoryuken and Mad Catz, we will no longer be offering coverage of tournaments that don't incorporate a collusion rule into their events.

The Shoryuken and EVO team recently spear-headed an effort to help prevent collusion at tournaments, asking the directors of these events to add in a rule to put a stop to this practice. They also contacted us and Mad Catz to further organize the effort.

We here at EventHubs have added our full support to this movement. Here's the official statement, hit the jump to read everything.

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."

As of this writing, the following tournaments have agreed to institute this rule:

• Evolution Championship Series (Includes all Road to Evo events)
• Big E Gaming Events (Northeast Championships, Summer Jam, and Winter Brawl)
• Canada Cup Gaming (Canada Cup, April Duels)
• Community Effort Orlando
• Civil War
• East Coast Throwdown
• The Fall Classic
• Final Round
• Level|Up Events (SoCal Regionals, Wednesday Night Fights, and The Runback)
• MTLSF Events
• Northwest Majors
• Shadowloo Showdown
• NorCal Regionals
• Toronto Top Tiers (TORYUKEN, Canadian East Coast Championships)
• Treta Championship
• Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament
• WorstGiefEver/Armshouse tournaments
• Fenway Fight Series/Replay'd Sponsored Events

Furthermore, Shoryuken and EventHubs have agreed to only cover events that include this rule and enforce it at their tournament. To receive coverage of any kind, the tournament organizers must post official rules for their event, including the rule above.

Mad Catz, one of the most stalwart supporters of the fighting game community, has expressed its support for the rule.:

"Mad Catz proudly supports the fighting game community, and we want to take a serious stand when it comes to supporting not only players, events, but the overall community. Out of respect to all the other sponsors/event organizers that put their time and resources into creating amazing events, we want to make sure that everything is done to maintain the integrity and respect of those events.

Mad Catz is in full support of a standard set of rules to preserve the legitimacy of each event, and going forward will only support events that institute such rules."

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