Original video by Crowbcat
The fighting game community, abbreviated as the "FGC," is a long-running collection of individuals rife with eccentricity and drama that extends for decades which has only intensified after being thrusted into the mainstream. There have been countless incidents of infighting and embarrassment from the naive youth which makes up the FGC which, until now, have only been known through word-of-mouth and grainy videos. As the various young members have grown into their adult years, actions in the past and present are catching up to them, leading to many being outed and cancelled in a massive wave of tournament bans. Most disconcertingly, not even the creators of fighting games nor event organizers are safe from being outed with varying levels of credibility, resulting in them being barred from events and backstabbed by their once-friends.
This thread shall serve as an overview of what is currently most affecting the FGC interspersed with minor yet notable incidents, in addition to being a directory to specific individuals and sub-communities within it. Readers who are or know somebody who is familiar with notable events within the FGC are encouraged to please share it here. To maintain the feeling of approachability, any readers are also encouraged to make throw-away accounts specifically to document drama if they are a member of the FGC or are knowledgeable of its history. If they would like an extra layer of anonymity, they also free to send a private message to myself, and I shall post any information on your behalf with no identifying info nor questions asked, assuming the info is credible.
Given the nature of the FGC being a collection of gamers dedicated to test their skills against one another over the mastery of the game, it was only a matter of time before eccentricity infighting began to rear its head within the community. In every sub-community of the FGC, separated by their game of choice, there are many uncited rumors or stories of drama which circulate within them. Luckily, there are a few stories which are provable with video and photographic evidence, demonstrating that the FGC is no stranger to drama.
Among the more notable of these instances is the "Shinblade" encounter. During a tournament, the winner of the game, Shinblade, celebrated their victory by standing on their chair and yelling. This caused NaughtyZeut, who was theorized to be either a friend or in a relationship with the loser of the game, to grab his shirt and pull him down to her, leading to Shinblade's now-infamous outburst, "who bitch this is!?"
Unfortunately, there's not much evidence to prove the following, but the often-repeated story is that NaughtyZeut then tried to claim Shinblade had grabbed her, but backpedaled when the above video was released. Regardless, many spectators within the video can be heard demanding Shinblade be disqualified despite NaughtyZeut grabbing him and Shinblade not laying a finger on her.
Other altercations are thankfully more obvious from the video alone without need to backstory or explanation. Given the highly competitive nature of the FGC, sore losers abound and a large number videos exist demonstrating poor sportsmanship. In this video, the loser of the match, Noel Brown, can be seen assaulting a spectator who had a broken leg for mocking Noel's defeat.
But not all examples of poor sportsmanship within the FGC are tied to violence. All one needs to look to is the Cryin' Brian video. In it, Murphy, who identified himself as "Brian" in the video, breaks down into tears for losing a $50 money match, although he was goaded by his opponent and observers.
Beyond poor sportsmanship, there are also large personalities and figures of the FGC who are far from immune to drama and mockery. Some are innocuous but quite silly, such as Alex Jebailey, the operator of the CEO tournaments who is well-known enough to have a popular emote on Twitch, being caught looking at transgender porn during a stream.
Perhaps as fitting foreshadowing, another humorous example of ridiculous drama involves another FGC personality, MaxamillionDood, accidentally uttering the dreaded, cursed, and forbidden "N-Word" during a tongue-tied moment on stream.
Still more foreshadowing but severely more dire, the most prominent example of FGC drama happening outside of the games involves the sexual assault allegations against Japanese and transgender player Gllty. Needless to say, Gllty was already a rather "curious" individual.
What makes them noteworthy is that Gllty was quickly accused of drugging and raping other members, in addition to using their transgender identity as a shield against criticism.
Despite denying these accusations, it was only a matter of time before Gllty admitted guilt and was promptly forbidden from entering any further tournaments.
This outcry regarding sexual abuse and racism serves as but a taste of what laid in wait for the FGC in the upcoming years.
As Gltty's story shows, accusations of sexual assault, proven or otherwise, is all it takes to cease a person's involvement within the FGC. What can only be described as a domino effect began to occur within the FGC, with small beginnings of pro player Infiltration being banned for physically assaulting his wife.
But what seems to have really set the spark for multiple allegations against countless individuals to follow was the Mike Z allegations. Using these logs as evidence, Mike Z, who is the programmer of the fighting game "Skull Girls," tried awkward attempts at flirting in response to an equally awkward girl who initiated the uncomfortable exchange to begin with, with the girl thanking him for "BDSM" themes within Skull Girls.
Tying in to the following wave of racism accusations to wash over the FGC, this is all following the recent fallout from another instance of Mike Z being cancelled for spaghetti and making an off-color George Floyd joke.
The woman responsible for the sexual abuse accusation, "Bunny Ayumi," quickly had her own dirty laundry dug up, leading to her being accused of pedophilia for expressing her like of "shota," which is pornography depicting underaged boys, and accusing Mike Z for the sake of attention.
In addition, Bunny had not once contacted Mike Z regarding his comments, instead posting the conversation on Twitter first and approaching Mike Z about it after. It is clear that this slight backlash against Bunny led to her begrudgingly accepting Mike Z's apology in private. However, on Bunny's end, all she could do regarding the irreversible destruction to Mike Z's reputation she caused is shrug her shoulders, talk down to him anyway, give a ham-fisted excuse, and delete the evidence.
The damage was already done, however, and this all culminated in Mike Z being not only banned from major events which were hosting his own game...
...But also multiple players both dropping his game and making even more allegations against him, including Mike Z's friend SonicFox, who Mike Z had added into the game as a background character, stabbing him in the back for clout. In addition, any who were caught defending Mike Z were soon unpersoned by the hivemind.
F.G.C. IS R.I.P.
The last thing the FGC needed was a wave of people being cancelled, especially amidst coronavirus claiming another victim after EVO was required to host its event online in 2020.
But Mike Z's allegations have led to many to come forward with accusations of abused, assault, and racism against many members of the FGC, all off the back of a massive banwave known as "FGCancelled."
The short and sweet of what led to "FGCancelled" is that FGC staple Low Tier God, an angry streamer who is often the butt of many jokes within the FGC, made a massive outburst complaining about a trans donator he was playing against, which resulted in him being banned from a majority of events.
In retaliation, Low Tier God tried and succeeded in getting Ceroblast, the transgender player who got him banned, banned as well for saying the forbidden N-word.
In addition to EVO, other major events likewise banned Ceroblast for his spoken blasphemy.
Needless to say, this disastrously backfired on Ceroblast, who soon hid their account and was put on a literal suicide watch.
However, given the nature of the FGC and its high demographic of black members, this new "No N-Word" rule was soon realized as unenforceable, as nearly every major member of the community has been caught saying it once in the past. Rather than realizing this new rule would result in a majority of the FGC being banned, major events decided to double down and be ready and willing to ban everyone instead. Those who have yet to be banned are now walking on thin ice, as it would take merely one angry person and some public outcry to effectively cancel any member of the FGC.
All this culminates in the now-tenuous stability of the FGC. Between constant bouts of drama, cancellations, and accusations, the future of the community is becoming uncertain. Even now, the pile of allegations against members of the FGC being involved in pedophilia, sexual assault, and racism begins to grow from a mere handful of examples to a galaxy-sized horde. Since the FGC's creation, it has been no stranger to infighting, and as recent events have proven, these incestuous slapfights will continue from decades still and decades to come.
SPECIFIC LOLCOWS AND COMMUNITIES
Any user is welcome to post about these specific individuals or communities within this thread as long as there is direct overlap with the FGC. Otherwise, please post about isolated events within the threads given.
Phil Burnell / DarkSydePhil
Although he now has a limited interaction with it, he got his start in the FGC by claiming to be the "top ranked American player" for Street Fighter 2 because he got fourth in a tournament, placing under three Japanese players, when other players were boycotting because the tourney used a broken and obscure port of the game. Despite being now known as a hilariously bad content creator for video game let's plays, his videos playing fighting games are still among his more iconic moments.
Dale Wilson / Dulaun Sparrow / Low Tier God
An oaf nearing his 40's who streams daily and is the effective laughingstock of the FGC community, he is also known as "Black DSP" or "Dark Skin Phil." Infamous for regularly ragequitting, angry rants, and absurd world views which he regularly divulges in, his delusions of grandeur and frequent interactions with trolls give a constant drip-feed of content. His mindless fans are also of note, and will fight and die for him without a second thought despite how he regularly bans, insults, or even doxes them.
SonicFox / Dominique McLean
An annoying furry player with a gore fetish and aversion to showering who will do pretty much anything for attention, including backstabbing their friends or attending award ceremonies and dancing on stage in a fursuit despite not even winning. Undercutting their strong performances in the early lifespan of most games, their more recent losses have taken a toll on their disposition.
Super Smash Bros. Community
Despite not being a fighting game by conventional meanings, it has a large overlap with the FGC. Between accusations of sexual harassment and pedophilia on top of regular instances of suicide threats and infighting, this community brings its own take on drama. The verified complaints of its members' poor hygiene and their insistence on watching the same ten people play a twenty year old game on outdated televisions before going over schedule doesn't help, either.