Teabagging banned at Killer Instinct World Cup, failing to abide results in ban from all 2017 World Cup events

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 23, 2017 at 12:40 p.m. PST

The Killer Instinct World Cup is taking place on March 10-12 in San Antonio, Texas, and is the culmination of the year-long tournament season that kicked off last April. One of the event's rules has caused a stir in the fighting game community -- teabagging is not allowed.


Players will sometimes repeatedly hit down on the joystick/d-pad as a means of taunting their opponent. The specifics of the rule were reiterated on Twitter by tournament organizer ISM|Rotendo, which led to an uproar on social media.

This form of taunting, which is actually fairly prevalent in Killer Instinct because of the players' ability to move their character between rounds and after KO, will not be allowed at the tournament finals. Anyone who chooses not to abide by this rule will be served with a ban from all World Cup events for the 2017 season.

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The restating of the rule came about after a discussion in a main Killer Instinct Facebook group turned ugly, resulting in a threat of physical violence. "It was a civil conversation about his move-set, how good or not good of a character Shadow Jago is," Rotendo said on his live stream last night.

"Somewhere along the line, they talked about how someone taunted [in] a match from one of the online events, and it went further and further; it got serious. I had to shut it down, put everyone in time out," Rotendo explained.

Killer Instinct World Cup administrator and community leader Brandon Alexander gave further insight on why this rule, which was also in place last year, is being enforced again. One of the main reasons is to promote proper sportsmanship and avoid any potential harm to players that may come from disputes.

"We promote a fun, professional and safe experience, not a violent and unprofessional one," Alexander said on Facebook.

Killer Instinct Game Designer Adam "Keits" Heart posted a lengthy response to the rule on Twitter. He does not favor such a rule, explaining that these types of actions are meaningless without human interpretation and can actually help give a game more life.

"The most memorable moments are, inarguably, a mix of both game-play and human emotion," Heart said. "Stirring emotion in your opponent is a key tactic in all competition/warfare."

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Some of the community's top players even weighed in on the matter. FOX|SonicFox and Liquid|NuckleDu, two champions who are notorious for teabagging their opponents in high-stakes competition, spoke out against the rule on Twitter.

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