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Capcom penalizes East Coast Throwdown for bracket floating; ECT removed from next year's Capcom Pro Tour ranking event list

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 14, 2014 at 9:13 a.m. PDT • Comments: 129

This past weekend at East Coast Throwdown 2014, a bit of controversy arose from an incident involving pro players and brackets. The ECT team decided to float EG|Ricky Ortiz from fellow EG teammate, Justin Wong, purposely changing the bracket so that the two top players wouldn't have to face each other so early in top 32 of the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 tournament.

LI Joe and John Gallagher, the ECT tournament organizers, stated that the change was made without any input from the players and was necessary in order to separate the teammates.

OnGamers has since gotten word from Capcom about the incident, and the company's Associate Director of eSports, Matt Dalhgren, has stated that East Coast Throwdown will be removed from the Capcom Pro Tour ranking event list next year.

Hit the jump to check out Dalhgren's statement.
The integrity of the events that we choose to partner with on the Capcom Pro Tour is very important to us, and we have been investigating what happened at ECT.

While it doesn’t appear that bracket fixing was done for the personal gain of the tournament organizer or players themselves, none the less it is not an acceptable practice to give select players special treatment.

We don’t feel it is appropriate to take away Capcom Pro Tour points from ECT, as that would punish the players themselves, who had no control over the situation.

However, we will be removing ECT from our Ranking Event list for next year’s Capcom Pro Tour, and moving forward, any event that is found to have fixed brackets will immediately and irrevocably have its points removed.

We will be following up with our current partners regarding the importance of following the rules and providing a fair environment for all participants.
ECT's John Gallagher provided an official statement on the matter:

We understand and respect Capcom's decision. We did not intend for this to happen, nor did we do this with the intent of giving any one player advantage over others.

We will continue to provide the best experience possible for our players in the years to come and will learn from this. In the future, we'll be more clear on how the bracket pathing will work and stick to it.

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