Infiltration's self-imposed Capcom Pro Tour ban lifts in less than four months

Korean competitor makes statements on matter in interview with IGN

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 9, 2019 at 7:18 p.m. PDT

Lee "Infiltration" Seon-woo has been one of the most notable competitors on Capcom's Street Fighter-centric Pro Tours in recent years, but the competitive Street Fighter scene has not seen the Korean professional participate in a single Pro Tour event here in 2019 because of a ban that went into effect in the latter part of 2018.

This ban came about following domestic violence allegations involving Lee and his ex-wife and is scheduled to end with the conclusion of 2019, which is a little less than four months away.

It's now been over a year since this convoluted story involving domestic abuse, legal battles, and pro gaming bans started, but Lee has just recently further opened up on the matter via an interview with IGN Korea.

English speakers have only been able to read this through a user-submitted translation on r/Kappa, but in it Infiltration does go into detail about the night of the domestic violence incident as well as the restrictions in his professional career that have come as a result. It was Kappa user DmRTo who translated and posted the interview.

The discussion with Infiltration is extensive, covering a variety of topics, but the translation mostly focuses on the details of the incident and what transpired between the two individuals.

The following is a portion from the interview as IGN inquires about the ban as well as Infiltration's relationship with his former sponsor, Panda Global. We were not able to independently verify the accuracy of this translation.

Interview excerpt

IGN: You have decided not to attend the Capcom Pro Tour for the entirety of 2019. Why is it until 2019? There are also some stories that Capcom banned you.

Lee: I talked to Capcom first. It was true I had done bad to the community. Actually, nowhere does it say that Capcom has banned me. Capcom accepted it. I still think I damaged the community. If I had been a smarter person, if I had acted better, none of this would have happened.

IGN: Do you have any negative feelings towards Panda Global?

Lee: Although we have parted ways, the team had greatly helped me. They tried to help me both legally and personally. They tried to please Capcom, me, and the sponsors. I don't think Panda Global has any fault. I still only have thankful feelings towards them, and I hope both them and I do well in the future. I hope that we eventually can talk about this situation and laugh it off. They have been the best team I have ever had. I still give infinite thanks to them.

Here's a look at Capcom's official statement from last year:

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 the text in its entirety over on the Pro Tour page.

While Pro Tour competition ends in December, it usually does not pick up again until around March of the following year, traditionally with Atlanta's Final Round serving as the kickoff event.

Taking that into account, it will likely still be a good six to seven months before we actually see Lee competing in Pro Tour Street Fighter again, assuming he chooses to resume playing.

Though he hasn't been engaging with Capcom's main eSports title in recent months, Lee has still been competing as a pro fighting gamer. He took home a gold medal at this year's Evolution Championship Series by winning SNK's Samurai Shodown, taking the event out from under BC|Kazunoko after a grand finals reset.

Lee has claimed Street Fighter 5 EVO gold both at EVO 2016 and EVO Japan 2018. He has also won multiple major Pro Tour events in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

You can read the full interview, in which Lee discusses the situation with IGN.

Photo credit: Capcom Fighters.

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