- Players Involved: Osath, lepepe, Cowstuckinatree, Sumic
- Team Involved: Big Time Rush
- Region: North America
- Subject: SMITE Challenger Circuit Qualifiers — Player Misconduct
- Date of Ruling: 2/27/2020
Information: Our league operations staff recently discovered that several players on SCC NA Qualifiers team Big Time Rush (Osath, lepepe, Cowstuckinatree, and Sumic) engaged in unsportsmanlike behavior — including the use of slurs and other banned language in-game. Our league operations team performs regular audits in SMITE and in player chat logs to verify that all league participants are meeting the standards set forth in our rules regarding player conduct.
After reviewing the chat logs for all players on Big Time Rush, we have determined that the conduct from the four players listed above constitutes a violation of our league rules.
Ruling: The league operations staff has concluded that because this misconduct was repeated by multiple players on Big Time Rush, administrative action is necessary. As such, Osath, lepepe, Cowstuckinatree, and Sumic are competitively banned from all our leagues until the conclusion of the Phase 1 Circuit Playoffs for SCC/SOC.
This administrative measure also means that Big Time Rush will forfeit their spot in the SCC Qualifier group stages. The teams who would have faced them in the group stages will receive a BYE instead.
Relevant Rules: 4.1 (b): (ii.) You will at all times use your best efforts to display superior integrity and well-mannered behavior during each Split and for so long as you are or intend to remain a League participant. You shall communicate in a responsible, appropriate, and positive manner in all public forums, including, without limitation, on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and inside the Game.