The Capcom Pro Tour has stated That Luis “BLK_Shadow” Alegria has earned a lifetime ban from all Capcom owned and operated events indefinitely until further notice. This was after an investigation after “BLK_Shadow” was disqualified for their behavior during the CPT South American qualifiers last month. Upon the announcement, a friend of theirs posted a response to explain exactly what happened that lead to the lifetime ban.
“Before the match, HDG_Jusa (their opponent) asked for a connection test,” as recalled by GuerreroAlfa86 on Twitter. “Shadow started offending (people) and cursing a lot all through the CPT Discord. [He] was banned from the tournament due to his language and offenses. After that, one of the moderators called [Tournament Organizer Alex] Valle to review the situation. He asked Shadow for a connection test.”
The results were pretty damning for Shadow as the upload speeds didn’t reach the minimum amount required by Capcom. At the end of the day, they were banned for un-sportsman like in a tournament they had no reason to be playing in, to begin with.
Capcom isn’t new to banning players based on un-sportsman like actions during and outside of events. It started with Dalauan “LowTeirGod” Sparrow and Christina “Ceroblast” Tran getting the banhammer for homophobic and transphobic language, and racial slurs respectively. Months later, Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez that got the ax for making a tweet that was described from “racially insensitive” to “racist” after the death of George Floyd.
The CPT “Rulebook” requires all players “to maintain respect for each other and tournament personnel and spectators” during events and offline as well. By entering events under the CPT banner, you “fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these official rules, which incorporates the tournament rules and the decisions of tournament organizers are final and binding in all matters related to the tournament.” So there is no appeal process if you manage to get hot and bothered and make everyone mad in the process.
How do you feel that connection tests are not required for online tournaments? Is a ban the right call? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!