Capcom places indefinite ban on eSports pro Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez
The well-known player faces a permanent suspension due to racial remarks he made on social media
The situation across the world is still complicated not only due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but also due to the racially-charged unrest that has taken over many cities in the US and supporters across the globe. Racial equality and an end to police brutality are the two main requests from the protesters, and several public and private entities, including eSports organizations, have been doing their share to promote racial equality. Yesterday, Capcom decided to ban a professional eSports competitor, Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez, until further notice due to a racially-charged Twitter post he made a few days ago.
Ramirez is a professional Street Fighter player from the US, and the announcement made by CapCom reads as follows, “Ryan ‘FChamp’ Ramirez is hereby banned indefinitely from all Capcom-owned and/or operated events including Capcom pro Tour and Street Fighter League for violating the player code of conduct. This is a global ban, meaning it applies to tournaments and events in all locations throughout the world.” So far, there hasn’t been any communication from his team, PlayBook Esports, to find out if they are taking further measures after Capcom’s decision.
Amid the Black Lives Matter movement that started after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police, Ramirez posted a picture of a watermelon, which is a well-known racial stereotype against the Black community in the United States. Of course, after his post, he was hit by a massive wave of negative comments. He deleted the picture and issued an apology right away in which he promised to “do better” in the future, also replying to the many fans who expressed their disappointment in him.
That was not enough for Capcom and it decided to move forward with the ban. Since it is indefinite, it is hard to think this ban will be lifted anytime soon. Ramirez seems to enjoy being that player who everyone hates, and this is not the first negative comment he makes public.