Capcom Responds to Harassment Incident

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Recently, at a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking Event, there was a case of sexual harassment that was caught on a live streaming. The incident occurred at Combo Breaker 2016 when a female attendant received contact from a male attendant which was not consensual. After collecting what details they could from the incident, Capcom decided on penalizing the offender.

The individual will be banned for the rest of the season from playing in the Capcom Pro Tour. The reasoning was that it was the individual’s first offense. If a second occurs, then it will become a lifetime ban from all events in the Pro Tour. The penalty given and the one described for a second offense will be used in the future if similar cases occur.

Regarding the incident, the company went on to say:

“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 where the focus is on healthy competition and exciting rivalries”.  

So, what is your opinion about this incident? Do you think Capcom’s response was appropriate? Or do you think they should have chosen some other way to deal with this?


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  • deadeye

    Pretty appropriate response.

    If you watch the video, the dude very clearly grabs the woman’s ass. That shit isn’t cool.

    • Speed12345

      Really? This guy is lucky of not getting jailed for that.

    • Panpopo

      What an idiot. Seems like he got off light.

    • Weak sauce

      Saw the video. Barely looks like he, IF, he touched her at all because she was turning around. She just seemed startled of the big black man. That said I Googled this dude and he has issues. If the world we live in now even gesturing gets you in trouble. Calling this an ass grab is overkill. Not defending him at all. Just saying.

    • deadeye

      It looks pretty deliberate to me.

      He reaches down, clearly makes contact, she is surprised and then turns around.

    • Speed12345
    • KissDisqus

      He’s a real scumbag, beat his gfs before and has a history of being a giant ass.
      He should have gotten banned from the scene permanently for those actions.

      Here…well the girl was actually flirting with him that day and the day before and they know each other. She wasn’t all that distraught about it and said she was cool with it when people asked until this whole thing just got bigger and bigger and later she gave an official statement about the whole thing changing her tune. I dunno, I’ve played around with my friends pinching or slapping their asses no homo.

      There’s plenty of other reasons to get him banned but eh I think it’s a huge overreaction for this specific incident.
      Maybe I’m just a fossil and find everyone a little too sensitive about these things

  • Brian OLeary

    I hope she was at least cute

    • slayer

      Wtf? You wouldn’t be joking if this was someone you knew. Disgusting.

  • Josh S.

    I feel that was actually the appropriate response. Amazing Capcom can still get something right these days…

    • chaoguy

      On the other hand, will this genuine incident cause paranoia?
      They removed R.Mika’s ass (yet kept Laura’s alt), so if people begin to cry wolf, will the be believed automatically?

      I hate to be so negative on the back of a genuine case, but with people pushing more “politically correct” shit on video games, will this one person’s actions be used to fuel the “all gamers are potential rapists” propaganda?

    • Tiredman

      It is one thing to allow freedom of speech, basically, but a completely different deal when people start touching people who don’t want to be touched. Physical contact is where I would draw the line. It has nothing to do with political correctness when a woman doesn’t want her behind touched by a man she isn’t intimate with.

    • chaoguy

      And I don’t dispute that at all.

      I mean, could someone manipulate this situation for far more puritan goals in the guise of safety?

    • Tiredman

      Who knows. Without recorded instances of all their contact with each other, we will never know the true story. That is why it is best to avoid what happened here. Yeah it is a pain, but you never know when today’s friend is tomorrow’s enemy.

    • KissDisqus

      Yeah they weren’t lovers or anything. They were just friendly with each other. Knew each other through her boyfriend. She had already touched him inappropriately the day before where noel explains his side of the story. He uploaded a few text conversations he had where she admits it and such.

      It’s all been taken down since things are getting messy with his boyfriend. They’re friends with each other which makes the whole thing volatile.

      It’s not consent or anything if she touches his ass playfully but in this situation I think it was just returning the favor in a playful manner.

      They seem to be keeping quiet about this in the last few days(probably someone important told them to keep it quiet) and they don’t want to throw the girl to the angry masses.

    • Tiredman

      Yep, which is why if I was even a tiny bit involved with either of them, I would stay out of it. I know too many people who don’t “see” things that happened in incidences like this because as soon as they become antagonistic, their memories start working to pain themselves as victims, even if it was the other way around or shared.

  • Mr0303

    Yep, a ban was the correct response here. Keep your hands to yourself.

  • DDD-kun

    Clear-cut case. Capcom followed due process and exercised good judgment.

    Crouching Fierce joke here.

    • KissDisqus

      Nah it really isn’t. I’m not denying that the incident happened since it was recorded and shown live to thousands of viewers. Just everyone seems to think this guy was just randomly harassing some stranger. It was with a girl he knew already who in a very recent occasion behaved in a similar manner(girl groping his ass). Both were on a friendly basis at that point where touching of the tooshie was playful.