Infiltration has been released by Panda Global and has voluntarily withdrawn from the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 and 2019 seasons

Capcom, Panda Global and Infiltration release statements

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 15, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. PST

Panda Global announced today that they have released fighting game player Lee "Infiltration" Seon-woo from their roster. The South Korean competitor has also stated he'll be voluntarily withdrawing from the rest of the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 season as well as the 2019 season.

According to Alan Bunney, CEO of Panda Global, "the findings of Panda Global's investigation directly contradicts the majority of the claims against Infiltration." However, Panda Global reports that back on October 22, 2017 "there was an altercation between Infiltration and his ex-wife, which led to a two week temporary restraining order on Infiltration."

Lee was arrested on October 22nd, 2017 following said altercation. The woman involved in the dispute received a medical note from a local hospital, diagnosing her with bruising as well as a wrist injury. A restraining order was placed against Infiltration until November 3rd, 2017, and he was charged a fine (which he paid) of 700,000 KRW (about $630 USD).

Infiltration was charged with the U.S. equivalent of a misdemeanor battery. Recordings and more information about this situation came to light earlier this year and the investigation by Panda Global resulted in their taking disciplinary action against Infiltration.

Allegations first arose online back in September of this year and Panda Global withdrew Lee from the fighting game events he was scheduled to attend while investigations were ongoing. Lee also voluntarily withdrew from streaming and social media during this time.

Lee also commented on the matter today, "I want to explain that I did not assault my wife and I am innocent, but that I made this decision myself because I could not do any more damage to my team and the FGC." You can view the statements from both Panda Global and Infiltration here. The statement from Capcom as well as a video release from Panda Global are included below.

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Bunney notes in the video below, "During his time away from competition, Infiltration has informed us that he intends to go back to court to prove his side of the story and attempt to clear his record."

He also states, "We reached out to Infiltration's ex through legal council to get her side of the story, but we never received a response."

Infiltration was previously ranked 11th on the Pro Tour leaderboards, but has been effectively removed. Capcom also released a statement on the matter:

Capcom's Statement

While this incident did not happen during a Capcom Pro Tour event, we do not condone any acts of violence or harassment. We want to ensure that Capcom Pro Tour provides a safe, inviting environment focused on healthy competition, with an expectation for a baseline code of conduct.

As a result of our evaluation, we felt it necessary to take appropriate disciplinary action against “Infiltration.” In speaking with Panda Global and “Infiltration,” he understands the circumstances of our review and conclusion. In acknowledgment of a first offense, he has voluntarily withdrawn himself from competition for the agreed upon period of the rest of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour season, including Capcom Cup Finals this year, and the full 2019 CPT season. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban from participating in all future Capcom Pro Tour events.

As of November 15, 2018, “Infiltration” was ranked #11 in the global standings for the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour season. All players on the global ranking leaderboard below this rank will move up one position as we are considering his withdrawal the equivalent of a disqualification.

You can view Capcom's full statement on their Pro Tour page. You can also see Panda Global's investigation summary right here.

Source: Panda Global. Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

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