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Capcom apologises for sexist Cross Assault comments

Wednesday, 29th February 2012 01:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Capcom has distanced itself from a torrent of sexist comments on Street Fighter x Tekken promotional show Cross Assault.

“The views and opinions expressed by cast members in the live internet program ‘Cross Assault’ do not reflect those of Capcom,” the publisher told GiantBomb.

“As a company, Capcom believes that everyone should be treated with respect. This particular issue was brought to our attention and has been addressed. We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by any comments expressed during the show.”

Capcom’s statement came in response to a query over the content of its Street Fighter x Tekken tournament reality show, Cross Assault. During a recent episode, Team Tekken head Bakhtanians angered some viewers and community members by defending sexism as an integral part of the “culture” of fighter games. The resulting unpleasantness led one contestant, Super_Yan, to forfeit her matches in order to exit the show as quickly as possible.

Response to the sexism scandal has been mixed, with a strong contingent arguing in defence of Bakhtanians’s commentary and many others distancing themselves from his ethos and calling on other members of the community to shape up. The incident has rekindled an ongoing debate on the culture of eSports in general and fighter tournaments in particular, which are held to be particularly unwelcoming to female gamers.

Cross Assault is ongoing, with finals scheduled to begin on March 3. Giant Bomb has collated some of the most egregious comments in text and video form, and offers an excellent summary of the situation, through the link above.

Street Fighter x Tekken releases next week on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with Vita and PC versions to follow.

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7 Comments

  1. Alex Donaldson

    There are some really great people doing really great things in this community. Evidently, Aris isn’t one of them. Seeing him being lifted up as a negative example of the Fighting Game Community makes me very sad. As the resident VG247 Fighting Game Nut, I will swear we’re not all like this. :(

    This Tweet from Kayane, the Evo 2010 Women’s Tournament Champion, nails it:
    “Cross Assault is exactly what FGC didn’t need to live, especially at a moment where everything is growing for us…it’s a pity. Just sad.”
    https://twitter.com/KayaneChan/status/174649797922406401

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I think it’s weird that this post doesn’t really mention what was said. That’s kinda the punchline.

    Someone said something supposedly offensive which lead to someone becoming upset. That’s not really saying anything.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Alex Donaldson

    @DSB

    The stream chat is full of terrible, sexist idiots, basically. Aris was playing up to the stream chat and during training time was indulging them – they were asking him to ask her what her cup size was, things like that. He was feeding the trolls in the chat, trying to get views for the show.

    I’m not so sure Aris is a bad person as much as he may just be an idiot. I saw some anonymous ass in the chat ask “Miranda how are you so thick for a white girl?” – and then minutes later Aris asker her for real. They’d ask how she smelled and he’d lean in and try to sniff her. It was weird and dumb.

    This stuff is standard fare for the stream chats, which are akin to 4chan or anywhere else with full anonymity – I’ve seen racist and generally cruel comments at members of the community who are overweight or whatever else.

    The ‘Stream Monsters’ usually go ignored – it’s just unfortunate that in this case Aris saw fit to indulge them in person. Usually the nasty stuff ends past the computer screen and the action in person at tournaments is not just amicable but incredibly friendly. He should really never be allowed to work directly on stream production again.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @3 Thanks. I watched it now.

    I just don’t think the post was very clear on what happened or why she left. Sexism is a pretty broad term, and I don’t really think that was the problem. It was straight up sexual harassment.

    You could treat most guys that way and they’d leave as well.

    If someone was like “You play fighting games… like a girl” then that’s pretty much trash talk. But quite obviously it was far beyond that.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. endgame

    So a guy makes a joke, a girl walks away and a bunch of would-be men jump to her defense. I don’t see the problem here. Guys always make jokes like these. It’s in their/our nature. Girls always walk away, or whine.. w/e. It’s in their nature. And losers who never got to see how a p***y looks like in real life try to defend them so they look good. Yup. Nothing new here. Really. What is the problem with this!?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    What what.. he sniffed her?

    lol

    I wouldn’t have walked out, I would have punched him, given a middle finger at the camera, then walked out.

    @5 the issue is treating her like a sexual object, asking cup size, sniffing etc. Hardly the reason she was there, she just wanted to compete like everyone else. It doesn’t mean everyone has to rally to her defense, but it was definitely “wrong” and if you don’t see that, I guess you’d be one of the crowd texting in asking such absurd questions in the first place.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. endgame

    @5 So he hit on her!? Is that the problem? Yeah well, I would totally react like that if someone would hit on me.. LOL! Women!

    #7 3 years ago

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