We all know that, in the history of gaming, there has often been a problem with overt sexism. From the barely disguised pornography of some games, to the abuse that female gamers have faced, especially on live streaming channels such as Twitch, the gaming world hasn’t exactly covered itself in inclusivity glory.
However, there has been a lot of work to change this in recent years in all areas of gaming, and Capcom are continuing that work. Noel Brown, a pro gamer, has been banned for grabbing a woman inappropriately from behind, in an act that most of us wouldn’t even consider doing.
“Over the past weekend, we were notified that an unfortunate case of sexual harassment occurred at Combo Breaker 2016, a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking Event, where a female attendee received unwarranted and unwanted contact from a male attendee, who is confirmed to be Noel Brown,” Capcom said in its official statement. “This incident was also captured on camera during the live stream before the Street Fighter V Losers Finals match.”
“We do not condone any acts of harassment and we want all of our players and fans to know we will continue our work to ensure that all Capcom Pro Tour events provide safe, inviting environments. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban from participating in all future Capcom Pro Tour events. We will use this as a baseline penalty if similar incidents occur in the future.”
They have also said that, in the result of a second offence, Nowl Brown will receive a lifetime ban.
Another major tournament, Evolution (Evo) have followed Capcom’s lead and has also banned Brown from its 2016 event, according to Shoryuken.
“Evo stands behind Capcom’s decision to ban any player responsible for acts of harassment. We have a zero tolerance policy for behavior that creates an unsafe environment for our attendees,” said Evo co-founder Joey Cuellar. “He will not be allowed to attend Evo 2016.”
A gif of the incident is doing the rounds on Reddit, of course, and has the usual amount of detractors etc. However, if this gets some sort of awareness into the industry that it is just not okay to behave in that sort of manner, then it would all have been for a good reason. And hey, if you don’t want to be banned, don’t go around grabbing people like that.