It’s one thing to see players go all out in a tournament and deliver their best performance, creating some of the greatest esports moments possible. It’s another to see all-too-obvious hints that they’re faking something, whether it’s for an easy payout or to give someone an “easy way out” when it comes to moving ahead. No one’s a fan of that sort of thing.
Now, it appears that a pair of players have been banned from a Tekken 7 tournament, mainly due to a possible collusion between the two.
Bandai Namco recently made note of such an incident on its Facebook page, indicating that a pair of players, both District G/KingJae and District G/C-Krizzle, won’t be taking part in the forthcoming UK Championship London Qualifier that’s happening this weekend. The reason for that is these players “have been suspected of collusion in order to manipulate the results of the tournament.” Not good.
KingJae has already responded on the matter, claiming that he’s innocent of these claims. “I don’t understand where this collusion stuff is coming from,” he noted. He refused to comment further on the situation outside of the videos he already posted, mainly because “it’s pure nonsense.” However, he continued to tweet on the matter, noting, “Last time I shake hands with a snake in the FGC,” followed by “I think it was the worst mistake coming back into the UK Tekken offline community.”
Bandai Namco has already confirmed that two other players will be filling the spots when the tournament takes place this weekend, namely RTFM/Asim and ED/K-Justice. Both players will also be appearing at the MCM London Comic Con Finals, taking place around Memorial Day weekend.
The company hasn’t made note as to what kind of investigation will be going into the collusion claims, but did note, “We will amend the rules to have a clear clause on collusion as a result of this event,” though we’re not sure what extent that will go to just yet.
Here’s hoping that it’s a misunderstanding at best, because, really, the idea of collusion with a big tournament – especially at the height of the game’s home release – is a pretty bad one.