Two Street Fighter V pros have been banned indefinitely from the Capcom Pro Tour after making racist and transphobic comments on their respective Twitch streams.
Christina ‘Ceroblast’ Tran and Dalauan ‘LowTierGod’ Sparrow have both been banned from all Capcom Pro Tour events after the publisher of Street Fighter V were “made aware” of comments the pair made online.
This includes all events sponsored by Capcom, with some community tournament organizers following suit.
— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) April 23, 2020
Clips of the duo on stream allegedly making racial and transphoic remarks towards each other went viral in the fighting game community.
One clip, which is still available, features CeroBlast making comments towards “black culture” on stream. “Black culture, distinctively, is the problem, not us,” she said. “If you groom us into culture for saying that, then that’s really not our fault.”
Another clip shows LowTierGod calling CeroBlast a “f**king f*****,” before labeling her a “fake tr*nny.”
Sigh... I have high tolerance for a lot of shit. I know LTG talks a lot of shit and doesn't mean it sometimes but, dude you got kids watching your stream. This is what you're teaching them lol...
"WARNING, THIS VIDEO INCLUDES EXTREME TOXICITY, TRANSPHOBIC, AND BERATING pic.twitter.com/t1DdTIVXO8
— CeroBlast (@BlastCero) April 16, 2020
Capcom took action swiftly, banning the pair.
“This is a clear violation of Capcom’s player code of conduct, so we have concluded that we have no choice but to ban LowTierGod and Ceroblast from all Capcom-owned events,” the developer said on Twitter.
CeroBlast apologized for her conduct on Twitter shortly after the suspension was handed down.
“I am deeply sorry for what I have said in this clip,” she said. “I wish I could take back what all I said. My emotions took the best of me, there’s nothing I can do at this point but to do better and take responsibility for what I said.”
LowTierGod also made a statement, saying that despite the ban, he will keep “supporting Capcom products.
“Them banning me personally is a wack feeling but flattering at the same time, because they know me,” he said.
Dear Capcom and to those who follow pic.twitter.com/DnuigNlHl9
— D.Sparrow (@SparrowsAlive) April 24, 2020
The duo have also been banned from EVO and other FGC events, although CeroBlast’s Twitch and LowTierGod’s YouTube channels remain active at the time of publishing.
With most events being canceled for the remainder of 2020, it's unknown how long the pair's ban will last, or whether they will be able to appeal in 2021.