In light of several incidents where players purposely underperformed during fighting game tournaments this year, several major tournament directors decided to standardize Evo’s rule regarding player collusion. It states:
Collusion of any kind with your competitors is considered cheating. If the Tournament Director determines that any competitor is colluding to manipulate the results or intentionally underperforming, the collaborating players may be immediately disqualified. This determination is to be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Anyone disqualified in this manner forfeits all rights to any titles or prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.
Here is the list of tournaments that have agreed to implement this rule:
Evolution Championship Series (Includes all Road to Evo events)
Big E Gaming Events (Northeast Championships, Summer Jam, and Winter Brawl)
Canada Cup Gaming (Canada Cup, April Duels)
Community Effort Orlando
East Coast Throwdown
The Fall Classic
Level|Up Events (SoCal Regionals, Wednesday Night Fights, and The Runback)
Toronto Top Tiers (TORYUKEN, Canadian East Coast Championships)
Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament
In addition, don’t expect to see any tournaments covered by Shoryuken and EventHubs if the tournaments in question have not included and enforced the rule in the respective tournament.
I like what the rule is trying to do. More than once have tournaments been ruined because players colluded with each other, thus affecting the quality of the tournament for the worse.