Capcom reverses decision to ban players with adult content sponsors from Pro Tour

by Daniel Rosen Jun 3 2016
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Following fan outcry over Capcom's decision to ban players with pornographic sponsors from participating in the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour, Capcom has revised their sponsorship rules to instead ban those sponsors from being mentioned on-stream.

The previous ruling barred players sponsored by pornographic websites from participating while allowing players sponsored by companies that manufacture or sell cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and vaping products. The new rule applies to players with any adult content sponsors, including pornography, cigarettes, drugs, guns and vaping products, and rather than barring them from attending, the rule restricts them from having their sponsors' logos appear on official Capcom Pro Tour affiliated streams and social media.

The previous ruling affected just two players, Anton "Filipinoman" Herrera and Valentin "Valmaster" Petit, both sponsored by Team YP, which is owned by pornographic website YouPorn. The restriction now extends to anyone chosen as the winner of the Bud Light All-Stars sponsorship contest, as well as a handful of players sponsored by The Steam Co., a Conneticut-based vape retailer.

On Twitter, Capcom stated that the previous ruling was based on what is allowed to be shown in a game rated Teen by the Electronic Software Ratings Board for their sponsorship guidelines. Street Fighter V is rated Teen by the ESRB.

This news comes just one day after Capcom banned Noel Brown from the 2016 Pro Tour after he was caught groping a woman on-stream at Combo Breaker. Brown was also banned from Combo Breaker events until at least 2018 and dropped by his sponsor, Ultra Arcade.

Community responses to this ruling have so far been varied, with even Team YP confused about what this means for their players.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.