2v2 SWAT: Femme Fatale Edition Statement
Being part of SWAT Nation is one of the most incredible experiences we’ve had in our lives. We’ve seen it grow so much, hosted amazing tourneys and events, and created a very special community. We have no doubt we are the most positive, and friendly Halo community out there.
Yesterday was a rough day. We were very excited and passionate about organizing the first ladies-only SWAT tournament for our community. We wanted to create a special event and bring more people together.
We faced a situation that was hard to assess. When we did the mic/cam check, we saw both competitors were in the same room. We realized they were not close enough to each other to have a single camera pointing at them simultaneously. They were also having trouble setting up Skype. We had to help one of the competitors set it up, and walk them through the process of installing and getting it up and running. It was particularly challenging as one of them apparently wasn’t familiar with it at all. We had to go through every step of it. When ready, we got help from some ladies of the FPL community to handle the situation, and monitor the video/audio feeds on Skype. We acted on the information we had, and catered to issues. Guaranteeing gender verification was harder than we thought. Nothing is bullet-proof, except running events at a LAN.
We did everything we could with the resources we had. We had all the implicated parts on a Skype call with their mics turned on, and a female player monitoring the conference. When they failed to cam check during the finals, we disqualified the team, and ended the tournament. Honestly, it was crazy what was happening backstage while we tried to address everything. We had to play it by ear as we had no prior knowledge of all the logistics implied in a female-only tournament. We’re deeply sorry about this.
We want to extend the most sincere apology to everybody affected by this. Due to this incident, we have decided to make a complete re-run of the 2v2 SWAT Femme Fatale Edition tournament with the exact same teams, except the team that was disqualified. We can either keep the same bracket, inserting a “BYE” in the disqualified spot, or we can do a complete re-roll of the bracket, without the aforementioned team of course. We’ll ask the participating teams what would they prefer.
Prize money that was already paid doesn’t have to be returned. You all competed and earned it. We’ll have another $500 USD prize pool assigned for the re-run. We still need to play the match for the 3rd place prize, and we’ll be coordinating with the teams to do it this week, on stream, with all rules applied. They’ll be playing for a $100 USD prize pool.
We learned our lessons, and we always want the best for our community. We’ll implement more strict rules regarding cam/mic checks, and we’ll do everything we can to provide the best experience. In the end, we run, fund, and make all of this for the love of the game and the community.
We have also parted ways with MephBear. His comments/actions made during the tournament do not reflect SWAT Nation or any of its members in any way, and we would like to apologize to anyone offended.
We’re looking into implementing new rules for these types of tournaments. As much as we would like to require that all players must stream their matches, we understand that not everyone has the means of doing so and/or is comfortable doing so. We also understand that it is easy to simply show up on camera for a brief moment while an eligibility check is in progress and hand off the controller once the camera is off. We will be consulting with members of the competitive community, both male and female, for their input and in the end, do what we think is fair for everyone.
We’ve created a dedicated channel on our Discord for anybody that needs any type of assistance during tournaments. You can join our Discord at https://discord.gg/ucyJEus. The channel is #support under the Tournaments category.
The tentative date for the re-run is Swaturday, July 6 2019. We’ve spoken to some players, and some need more time as they have personal stuff to deal with, such as moving, vacation, and others.
Thanks for being such an amazing community. We can’t wait to see you all again for some fierce SWAT competition.