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#FreeTeamYP: Capcom bans Team YP

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It was only a matter of time before Adult Entertainment being a sponsor of an eSports team became an issue. YouPorn’s involvement in eSports was a no brainer back in 2014 when they sponsored their first team. At the time it was an interesting development and gave users a great excuse to Google YouPorn for research purposes, but it was a ticking time bomb when considering the professional movement tied so closely between eSports and conventional sports. We want to be more professional, we want to be taken seriously, and this future billion dollar industry has slowly been putting their foot down on brands that they consider will damage this process.

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ESL were amongst the first to ban Team YouPorn from their professional leagues, and now Capcom have followed suit by amending their rules for the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour. According to Gamurs, in the Capcom Pro Tour Code of Conduct, section 9 clearly removes any chance of YouPorn’s involvement:

Capcom will not allow Players to participate in any Tournament if sponsored by adult content sponsors, such as a publisher of pornographic websites, or any other sponsor Capcom deems inappropriate at its sole discretion. Players who are sponsored by alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or vaping (e-cigarette) products will not be precluded from competing in a Tournament.

YouPorn have been rather discreet with their sponsorship of major teams and players, going with the name Team YP, which has a logo and name not easily associated with the website. To an average onlooker Team YP just looks like any other team, but on further investigation you may find yourself with a clear browser history.

Capcom slowly instated this rule by not allowing players under the brand to wear their jerseys at previous Capcom Pro Tour events. Many people have expressed their opinions on the new rule with the hashtag #FreeTeamYP.

The morality of this ban is confusing as in the past few years there has been major debates over sexual content in video games, and here a team sponsored by an adult entertainment company, who not once advertised any form of sexual content, are banned from competing in international tournaments. It’s unjust, there’s no argument there, but is it the right move when considering the growth and push for professionalism in eSports?

Last Updated: May 23, 2016

31 Comments

  1. Ottokie dancing on rainbows

    May 23, 2016 at 14:32

    It’s not wrong to be sponsored by YP per say. But I do understand that esports has no age limit and that kids could go and accidentally search the team name on google only to be surprised by something other than League of Legends or DOTA

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    • Pariah

      May 23, 2016 at 14:37

      New name and avatar. Wow… Just… Wow.

      Reply

      • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

        May 23, 2016 at 14:38

        Embrace the FLUFFY!

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        • Pariah

          May 23, 2016 at 14:40

          No

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            May 23, 2016 at 14:41

            ^This

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 23, 2016 at 14:41

          Pink like a boss!

          Reply

        • Kromas GG

          May 23, 2016 at 14:47

          I approve.

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          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 23, 2016 at 14:47

            Good! now join us on discord xD

          • Kromas GG

            May 23, 2016 at 14:48

            Only discord I know of is an embodiment of chaos voice by John deLancie.

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 23, 2016 at 14:49

            touché

          • Kromas GG

            May 23, 2016 at 14:49

            googled it … looks like a damn chat app. I have like 10 of those running but what the hell.

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 23, 2016 at 14:50

            Also bonus points for the MLP reference xD

          • Kromas GG

            May 23, 2016 at 14:51

            Brohoof!

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 23, 2016 at 14:52

            Went to Google John deLancie 😛

          • Kromas GG

            May 23, 2016 at 14:52

            Best known for Q and Discord depending if you are a Trekkie or a Brony … or in my case … both.

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 23, 2016 at 14:53

            Went to check his wiki page. Saw he voiced in both shows 🙂

          • Pariah

            May 23, 2016 at 14:50

            Use this code to insta join the LG server

            010yzGvcAfZnhK6us

  2. VampyreSquirrel

    May 23, 2016 at 14:34

    So Mean!

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  3. Pariah

    May 23, 2016 at 14:34

    If TeamYP are banned because of their content, so should any alcoholic or cigarette/vaping companies too. Porn doesn’t kill, the others do. Which would I rather be associated with?

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    • Dane

      May 24, 2016 at 10:19

      The object of every game except Rocket League is to kill.

      Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 23, 2016 at 14:40

    I don’t understand why the liver killer & cancer are okay, but fapping isn’t. If it’s a “think of the children” thing then that makes no sense.

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    • Pariah

      May 23, 2016 at 14:41

      Pretty much my thoughts. Makes no damn sense.

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    • Kromas GG

      May 23, 2016 at 14:46

      And these days kids get “down and dirty” at a much MUCH younger age. I mean come on. Wanna remove porn from media … maybe stop your kid from watching GoT you stupid stupid parent.

      And yes I just pulled a “back in my days” comment.

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      • Pariah

        May 23, 2016 at 14:50

        Have you seen the music videos allowed on the all ages music channels?

        I’m sorry, but at least YouPorn is calling a spade a spade.

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        • Kromas GG

          May 23, 2016 at 14:51

          You mean ” calling trouser snake a trouser snake”

          😛

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        • Kromas GG

          May 23, 2016 at 14:51

          Also I have not seen a music video on MTV in 20 odd years. 😛

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          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 23, 2016 at 14:52

            The ones on Youtube man!

        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          May 23, 2016 at 14:51

          Especially the pop filth, so appalling that even Danny Filth videos are trumped by them, and I mean this quite seriously…

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  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 23, 2016 at 15:02

    I love research!

    Reply

    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 23, 2016 at 15:02

      We All do!!

      Reply

  6. Guava_Eater

    May 24, 2016 at 09:31

    E-Sports needs more investment from anyone willing to sponsor. I think they have gone about it in a discreet way. People need to come to terms with the fact that adults play games. Hell most of these games carry a restriction of at least 16. So it’s ok for your kid to play GTA V stealing cars and beating up hoes but a Team discretely sponsored by an adult company is bad? Get your priorities straight. Even the most basic of these games is still simulated cartoon violence with blood and gore splatting all over the show. It is not a Sport where CareBears run around giving each other hugs. Competitive E-Sports (Except FIFA and Racing games) almost always involves people killing each other. If you’re letting your 8 year old play CounterStrike blowing people’s heads off you have no right being offended by Team YP. Hypocrite 101.

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