The e-Sport pro team Root Gaming cheats by breaking the SMITE terms of service during the myRevenge $1000 tournament.
Gamers everywhere very seldom read the terms of service that is released along with almost any game, but it is a real thing. We like to view the terms of service as a safety net that the game development company creates as part of all that law jargon and often times we do not feel that it applies to how we game. However, when Root Gaming cheats by breaking the SMITE terms of service during a $1000 tournament, hosted by myRevenge, it starts to make players question what the punishment should be.
For those not aware, it is often times against the Terms of Service to allow anyone other than yourself to access your account. The SMITE terms of service section which Root Gaming breaks reads:
4. License Restrictions and Limitations. If you are granted a limited, personal use license in accordance with Section 3 above, such limited, personal use license is subject to the following restrictions and limitations as well as all other terms and conditions of this Agreement (collectively, the “License Limitations”). You agree that you will not, under any circumstances:
(a) sell, sublicense, assign, rent, lease or sell your Account or password or otherwise authorize third persons to access your Account or use your password; – SMITE Terms of Service
This type of conduct would typically go unnoticed, however, one member of the team known as MattyPocket publicly admitted that his team switched accounts with each other during the tournament to supposedly prevent a possible DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack which has occurred occasionally. Other than an IP check of the accounts, not much more is needed to prove Root Gaming broke the SMITE terms of service.
Root Gaming Cheats By Breaking SMITE Terms of Service, Questions Ethical Side of e-Sports:
However, this public admittance to the event sparked up a new conversation among the e-Sport community of SMITE on the ethical activity of the team and how the professional teams should conduct themselves in the e-Sport world. Root Gaming has been involved with a few other issues recently including a racial slur during a live stream, but this event actually alters the game.
When participating in any sport on a professional level, part of the strategy is to learn and understand your opponent. Teams will often review a past match with the opponent as well as watch films on that team and its players’ styles. However, outside the internet, players cannot simple switch their jerseys or names and confuse the opponent. In this instance, this is exactly what Root Gaming did during a prize money tournament.
From Root Gaming Breaking the SMITE Terms of Service to Root Gaming Cheats?
Discussions around the event break away from the terms of service discussion and into the reality that this can almost be viewed as Root Gaming cheating. Players go into the game and part of their actions are based on the expected play style of their opponent, but when they have switched accounts and they appear to be suddenly playing in different positions and with completely different roles, it changes the entire dynamics of the team.
The fact that this was a $1000 tournament and the team in question urged the tournament administrators to disqualify their opponents in the final match due to game connectivity issues, which they did, really makes one wonder what the future of e-Sports would be like if this continued. Root Gaming may have won the tournament overall, but currently members of the community are questioning if Root Gaming cheated or not.
The question boils down to: Did Root Gaming cheat? Should players be disqualified for impersonating another player even if it is their own teammate? Where do you stand on this issue?