PGS Competitive Ruling: FiascoBros and “Troll Matches” (CIS Phase 6 Finals)
Teams Involved: FiascoBros and ChromaSpace
Subject: PGS Phase 6 Finals — “Troll Match”
Date of Ruling: 2/28/2018
Information: During the PGS Phase 6 finals for the CIS region, team FiascoBros was accused of playing a “troll match” while participating in an official tournament. Members of FiascoBros displayed behaviors that pointed to a lapse in their competitive integrity — including intentional feeding, excessive emote spamming, and failing to exhibit a concerted effort to win the game.
Ruling: As outlined in the official PGS rules, players are expected to “display superior integrity and well-mannered behavior” at all times while participating in PGS tournaments. Because FiascoBros violated this clause, we will be removing all of the team’s crystal prizing for Phase 6. However, all monetary prizing will still be awarded, as we here at Hi-Rez Studios don’t feel this single instance warrants a penalty of that magnitude. If the issue occurs again, team members will be subject to disqualification and removal of ALL prizing, with the potential to be banned from the PGS tournament series.
Player Conduct (Section 1.a): “You will, at all times, use your best efforts to display superior integrity and well-mannered behavior during each Phase and for so long as you are or intend to remain a PGS participant.”
Prohibited Conduct (Section 1.b): “Acting in an unsportsmanlike manner, including, without limitation: (A) taking inappropriate actions toward other Players, Team Captains, the community, Administrators, Hi-Rez personnel, or the general public, (B) taking inappropriate actions in a PGS Game such as “intentional feeding” or collusion, (C) constantly spamming emotes or other taunts in the Game, (D) verbally taunting another Team or Player, (E) sending inappropriate messages to another Player before, during, or after a PGS Game, or (F) spamming the “ping” tool in Game, including during a pause.”
Administrative Measures (Section 7.b): “If Hi-Rez or any Administrator determines you are or may be in breach of any provision of these Rules, you or your Team may be subject to disciplinary action at Hi-Rez’s or the Administrator’s sole discretion, including, without limitation, disqualification, suspension, forfeiture of any and all compensation associated with the PGS or Game, loss of Champion bans, loss of pause time, prohibition from attending future Hi-Rez events, loss of your Game account, etc.”