The last few days, there has been quite a bit of news regarding last weekend’s Video Game Championships qualifier in the United Kingdom. An incident that took place at a nearby hotel where numerous players were staying made the qualified winner disqualified for the championships. During the early evening, Spanish Pokemon players were escorted out of the hotel by the police due to having been found to be throwing their own feces into the hallway.
The following day, Ruben Puig Lecegui, a member of the Spanish group mentioned above, last year’s qualifier winner, and Top 4 placer at last year’s World Championships, won the qualifying event for the second year in a row. However, as the controversy about what happened spread across the Internet, Play! Pokémon‘s manager, Dave Schwimmer, had this comment posted on the forums of Smogon (which is obviously known for its competitive play environment, as many tournaments run off of rules set by the site):
The Pokémon Company International expects its players to maintain high standards of behaviour conducive to the family-friendly environment that we foster. The Pokémon Company International conducts full investigations into any matters where we believe that a player has failed to maintain these standards, and take appropriate action when necessary. In this case, we have found that unacceptable behaviour did take place, and have taken the appropriate steps in response.
— Dave Schwimmer
On Pokémon.com’s page about the event, Ruben is not listed as the winner of the event. Instead, the Master’s Division has one slot less than the other divisions, and, Ben Kyriakou, the runner-up, is listed as the winner of the event.
These kinds of events are rather unfortunate. This is a perfect example of one bad decision causing you to lose anything that you work for. I, personally, am glad that news of the event spread across the Internet to disqualify this individual. He may have worked hard for the title, but if he is willing to make choices like that, there is no need for him to be part of something that strives to have higher standards. Shame that he had to leave the championships on that note though.
What are your thoughts on this crazy news? Do you think he deserved it, should he have not been punished?