“Panda Global does not condone violence in any form, however, we had a duty to perform a thorough investigation and not to just move forward on partial, unverified information,” Panda Global’s official statement reads. “While the findings of Panda Global’s investigation directly contradict the majority of the claims of this anonymous group, there was a discovery made that required action to be taken. As a result of [the violence charge], Panda Global has terminated our contract with Infiltration.”

After placing third in Street Fighter IV at Evo 2010, Infiltration had gone on to find great success within the fighting game community. He was Evo’s first Street Fighter V champion and also won the tournament’s first Japanese event last January. These accomplishments have provided Infiltration with numerous opportunities for sponsorship with major corporations, including Mad Catz, Razer, Grapht, and Monster Energy, the last of which is still prominently featured on his Twitter page. Kotaku has reached out to Monster about the status of their relationship with Infiltration but has yet to hear back.

Infiltration hasn’t competed at a major fighting game event since Evo 2018 in August, but he is currently qualified for Capcom Cup, an end-of-year finale to the Street Fighter V pro tour scheduled to begin on December 12. Capcom conducted their own investigation into Infiltration’s conduct alongside Panda Global, and its statement yesterday echoes many of the same sentiments: “We have ascertained that although some of the current allegations circulating are inaccurate, there is veracity to one indictment resulting from a domestic dispute on October 22, 2017, which involved a physical altercation between ‘Infiltration’ and his then wife… While this incident did not happen during a Capcom Pro Tour event, we do not condone any acts of violence or harassment.”


As a result, the parties involved have come to the agreement that Infiltration will not compete at Capcom Cup, nor will he seek qualification during next year’s Capcom Pro Tour, effectively keeping him from any developer-backed tournaments for at least a year. A second offense, Capcom’s statement noted, will result in a lifetime ban from all future Capcom Pro Tour event.

“I want to explain that I did not assault my wife and I am innocent, but that I made this decision myself because I could not do any more damage to my team and the fighting game community,” Infiltration said via Panda Global. “This is why I decided to withdraw myself for the designated period of the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 and 2019 seasons. After Panda has released this, I will explain everything later.”


Kotaku has also contacted Infiltration and will update this story should further details emerge.

Ian Walker loves fighting games and writing about them. You can find him on Twitter at @iantothemax.