Evo bans the controversial infiltration of a Street Fighter champion

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South Korean combat player Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee revealed last night that he has been banned from several major community events, including this year’s Evolution Championship Series (Evo). Although the news came as a shock, many who know the very exceptional candidate which is controversial past Consider it a long time.

according to Screenshots he posted to me on Twitter. Both emails cite unspecified violations of each event’s code of conduct policies and offer refunds for Lee’s entry fee.

Speak with KotakuRick Theher, General Manager of Evo, explained that the event is “committed to promoting a safe environment for our players and fans” and that the organizers are asking competitors and attendees to “work with Evo to build a supportive community. who is treated with respect”. and dignity” and continued, “That expectation is shared by other events such as Combo Breaker and Community Effort Orlando, East Coast Throwdown and Intercontinental Fight Club, all of which also blocked Lee.

“Evo will not publicly discuss individual enforcement decisions, but will take the necessary steps to support our code of conduct and create a welcoming environment at Evo competitions,” Thaher added. “These efforts are vital to the future of Evo and the experience we strive to create for our community.”

Kotaku I also contacted Lee, but did not receive a response before posting.

Lee wrote, “I really think this can be sorted out with proper conversation.” Twitter post. “I hope that the organizers will speak up and explain exactly the reason for the procedure which prevented me from entering. From these organizers too, I ask for a proper apology for having caused financial and mental stress during planning various overseas trips to attend these events and to reverse their decision to refuse entry.

Lee’s statement also detailed several previous incidents of not being allowed to participate in high-level fighting game tournaments. What he didn’t, unsurprisingly, was get into potential reasons why tournaments don’t want him, and there are plenty.

While previously unknown, Lee quickly became a household name in the fighting game community thanks to his third-place finish in Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition at Evo 2010. He spent the next few years earning even more Evo Medals and performing well in various fighting games including Street Fighter x Tekken, Street Fighter V, samurai fightand Guilty Equipment Effort. Lee’s tournament wins were naturally followed by sponsorship deals with companies like Mad Catz, Razer and Monster Energy.

But in 2018, Lee made headlines for different reasons when he was accused of domestic violence Against his now ex-wife. a Continue scanning Through his then-sponsor, esports organization Panda Global, he found the allegations credible and removed Lee from his roster. Lee also deliberately distanced himself from the Capcom manager. street fighter Championships for a year, while disputing the abuse allegations for which he was arrested, a South Korean court convicted and fined him.

Lee’s shameful return to competition after a year’s absence sparked a huge backlash, especially when Ivo himself congratulated him.”victorious return“After winning samurai fight In 2019. At that time, Evo was still a popular process, but the championship was so Recently purchased by Sony Following the departure of co-founder and CEO Joey “Assistant” Cuellar After allegations of sexual misconduct.

Instead of keeping his nose clean, Lee kept causing trouble. Last year, for example, I had Will beSomething coordinated with friends beginner scam Street Fighter V The tournament he hosted with Korean streaming site AfreecaTV, his biggest sponsor at the time.

Discord screenshots show Lee encouraging the person who won this event, a master level player in other fighting games, not to increase his abilities Street Fighter V Rank high for fear of arousing suspicion. After those details leaked, Lee angrily directed his accusers via Twitch calling them “assholes” and “trash” who just wanted to tear him up.

He eventually apologized to me, but not before AfreecaTV dropped him as a sponsored operator.

As for how Lee took that ban, he went on his first show on Twitch after hearing the news that it was okay for him to do so. use the m-word Talk to black fighting game players. racist comments explain later, earned him a seven-day suspension from the streaming platform, but Lee still didn’t think he had done anything wrong. Instead, he chose to portray the whole thing as some kind of malicious plot against an innocent man.

“I did a show explaining what happened to me because of Combo Breaker and Evo and then I got banned,” Lee told sympathetic viewers during a YouTube Live early this morning. “Is it just a coincidence? This is not hate speech. If you watch my last show, it wasn’t hate speech. It wasn’t racist. But people who hate stealth, they just interrupt this moment and might as well send it to Twitch Global.

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