Capcom's controversial Street Fighter license guidelines have been changed

Capcom's controversial Street Fighter license guidelines have been changed

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With its controversial Capcom Community Guidelines proposal, Capcom angered many individuals in the country back in February this year. This initiative saw the publisher attempting to exert greater control over all publicly run tournaments, from national meetings to the smallest of local events.

Some of them walked forward with promising results, but also raised eyebrows with their tight decisions on topics such as royalty-free media ownership, prize pool capping, a prohibition on merchandise sales, the prohibition of spectator ticket sales, and the right to prohibit any tournament from taking place if it falls within the new schemes guidelines.

Although Capcom''s desire to ensure that tournaments and locals that feature the brand will be run correctly is evident in the wild west, although many observers believe the rules are less about safety and security, and more about Capcom simply attempting to take control of the entire competitive scene on all levels, from local gaming bar meetings to national tournaments. Capcom''s organizers and players were quick to express their sentiments on social media, which led Capcom to make a tactical withdrawal in order to refine its plan.

Yesterday, the legendary developer/publisher announced that it had completed its revision of the Capcom Community Guidelines and now has a revised version of its Street Fighter license initiative. Amusingly, the revised document is like patch notes for an update, with buffs and nerfs made to several of the guidelines more contentious rules.

Capcom has stated that it will no longer take ownership of any professional media (live streams, photos, videos, etc) captured during a tournament. This was certainly one of the most horrifying and horrifying demands of the original proposition, thus it was a must that this particular rule was taken out with a nod.

The annual prize pool cap, originally assumed to be $2,000 USD per event and $20,000 or equivalent per year, has been lifted. The prize pool cap for a single event is now $10,000. The maximum amount of money that may be offered for a single event may not exceed $6,000 USD per event, while the annual total may be $30,000.

Tournament organizers may charge for spectator tickets, but the money raised must be used to reduce tournament expenses. This would imply that any host participating in the tournament is not permitted to earn a profit on spectator tickets, and that spectator ticket revenue cannot exceed the total cost of participating in the event. Depending on this outcome, smaller venues may require to pay special attention to this decision.

Tournaments may be held at bars and other venues where alcohol is served, for the event to be limited to the owner of the venue itself, nor that the tournament is sponsored by or advertising alcoholic beverages.

These are just a few of Capcom''s most significant revisions to its Community Guidelines document, which you can check out in its entirety right here. While all of the above will likely be appreciated by tournament organizers, the angst nature of having a multi-billion dollar organization hanging over your event like danger is a little depressing especially when such a decree has yet to be declared by the publishers of other important fighting games.

While it is extremely important that the FGC regulates itself in terms of player safety, insurance, rule legislation, and etiquette, many individuals might be paranoid about Capcoms proposals. When Capcom predicted that the 2017s would conquer the world, a leaked internal memo exposed an extremely draconian plan to practically take complete control of the failed sequels entire competitive scene.

With just a few people on the verge of becoming Capcoms future esports dreams, it is easy to see full-time organizers of the competitive scene seeing these guidelines with trepidation. These are still the very early days of the initiative, and well see how Capcoms a tentative handshake with the FGC plays out as its Street Fighter license scheme rolls out over the remainder of the competitive year. For better or worse.

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