In a recent post on World of Warcrafts news page, two out of three of the players banned from competitive play were indefinitely banned due to bad behavior. The Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon International programs have very specific rules regarding behaviors, which both players did not adhere to.
The rules that both players violated are 5.1.a and 5.1.b:
(a) Players must at all times observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship. Players are required to behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner in their interactions with other competitors, Tournament organizers and members of the administration team, the media, sponsors and fans. This includes but is not limited to the following: conduct on social media, live streams, videos, in-person at events and on stage, or anything public-facing. What qualifies as “sportsmanlike manner” is up to Blizzard’s sole discretion.
(b) Players may not use obscene gestures, profanity, or references to drugs, sex or violence in their Team Names, BattleTags, player handles, game chat, lobby chat live interviews or any public facing media. This rule applies to English and all other languages and includes abbreviations and/or obscure references.
The bans happened after videos surfaced of the two being “unsportsmanlike” to say the least. Not only did both players get banned from competitive World of Warcraft PvP, but they were also dropped from their eSports team as was reported on DOT eSports over the weekend. The following statement was provided by XSET:
“We were made aware of these troubling statements on late Wednesday night. We took immediate action and informed these individuals first thing Thursday morning that they were cut from the organization. This kind of language does not represent who XSET is, and will absolutely not be tolerated in any form.”
The news of these two being banned for bad behavior sets an important precedent for online games as a whole, as bad behavior as shown by these competitive gamers is a major problem within the gaming community at large. For more news on World of Warcraft, the game has recently released their Shadowlands pre-patch, and we have a complete collector’s edition unboxing of it available now.