In the most recent post on the World of Warcraft news page, two of those players banned from competitive play were banned for some time due to inappropriate behavior. Programs like Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon International have very specific rules of behavior that both players didn’t follow.
What rules did the players break? These rules are 5.1 a and 5.1 b:
a) players must always adhere to the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship. Players are required to behave professionally and in a sporting manner in their interactions with other participants, tournament organizers and members of the administration team, the media, sponsors and fans. This includes, but is not limited to: social media behavior, live broadcasts, videos, in person at events and on stage, or anything public. What qualifies as a “sporty manner ” depends solely on Blizzard.
(b) players may not use obscene gestures, profanity, or references to drugs, sex, or violence in their team names, battle tags, player descriptors, game chat, live lobby chat, or any public media. This rule applies to English and all other languages and includes abbreviations and/or obscure references.
These bans came after a video appeared in which these two players were not very athletic. Not only were both players banned from World of Warcraft PvP competitions, but they were also excluded from their eSports team, as stated in OT eSports over the weekend. The following statement was provided by XSET:
“We were made aware of these disturbing statements late on Wednesday evening. We took immediate action and on Thursday morning, the first thing we did was inform these people that they were excluded from the organization. This type of language does not represent who XSET is, and absolutely will not be tolerated in any form.”
This news that these two players have been banned for bad behavior sets a very important precedent for online gaming in General, as unacceptable behavior is a serious problem in gaming society.