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New player conduct guidelines for social media, harassment, and community image added to updated Capcom Pro Tour rules

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 30, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. PDT • Comments: 131

The fighting game community faced more trials and tribulations in 2020 than perhaps any other year in it's existence which tournament organizers and game makers are still grappling with in terms of how to proceed with their next events.

Capcom released the new ruleset for the Capcom Pro Tour 2021 season wherein the company added a slew of personal conduct policies that apply to how players act in tournaments and even on social media channels.

"Inappropriate behavior" from last year's rules is now listed as "prohibited behavior" with the previous guidelines for things like harassment, collusion and cheating all still included much the same as they were.

What's different in the new text, however, is language specific to personal conduct in and outside of the official CPT events themselves likely in reaction to many of the transgressions that took place in 2020 and prior.

"Personal conduct, whether inside or outside of tournaments, that, in Capcom's sole discretion, reflects or may reflect badly on the Street Fighter community or on Capcom, including communications on social media; and any other conduct deemed offensive or inappropriate, at Capcom's sole discretion," reads the new section in part.

A number of players faced bans, suspensions or special penalties within the Street Fighter community and wider FGC including one instance of PG|Punk being made to start his second online qualifier run from the loser's bracket as punishment.

Punk lashed out at a competitor and tournament organizer following a loss in the first North America West tournament which led Capcom to quickly make a judgement on the situation.

He would apologize for his behavior and was forgiven by the parties involved, but other players faced harsher bans for their social media and online conduct.

Capcom seems to be more actively involved in protecting their public image too with the line of "may reflect badly on the Street Fighter community or on Capcom," that may be in part due to a situation faced with Mortal Kombat 11 and NetherRealm Studios earlier this year.

Back in January, Titaniumtigerzz was disqualified from a Pro Kompetition event for his custom variation title of 'WhyDidNRSdoThis' for Sheeva despite not being listed in the official rules, so Capcom is probably trying to cut off similar situations before they can even begin.

Some terms like "harassment" and "insults" have received more specific definitions to show what the company will be looking at in regards to punishable offenses though they also reserve the right to make further changes or adjustments as they wish.

"'Harassment' includes but is not limited to: (i) threats of physical violence, (ii) insults related to the CPTOP Capcom Cup 8 or any player, event personnel or event attendee, (iii) offensive statements or actions related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, and/or religion; (iv) sexual images in public spaces, (v) deliberate intimidation including but not limited to stalking or following, (vi) harassing photography or recording, (vii) sustained disruption of talks or other events, and (viii) inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment should be reported to the Capcom Esports team immediately," says Capcom's definition.

Capcom states anyone who violates the code of conduct may be immediately disqualified from the applicable event along with forfeiture of potential prizes won.

More extreme and repeat offenses can lead to harsher penalties including the potential for a permanent ban from all future Capcom events.

These moves aren't surprising given everything the FGC and its players went through last year though in some regards its nice to have in writing now what Capcom is going to be focused on for conduct instead of the nebulous will they won't they response approach anytime potential issues would crop up before.

All of the same costumes, colors and stages remain banned as in 2020 except The Grid is no longer prohibited with the only new addition being Dan's goofy story mode outfit for probably obvious reasons.

The new Capcom Pro Tour season is set to officially kick off in April and run online events until Capcom Cup which is set to take place in Spring 2022.

Most players of course should remain largely unaffected by these wider changes though I probably wouldn't recommend joining the CPT with CFN names that openly bash or make fun of Capcom.

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