So the FGC is burgeoning with events still, but this thread hasn't been updated since 2012 at least. Yet, there are still complaints coming in about bad TOs or terrible venues.
Thus, it's out with the old, and in with the new thread.
How do you get on this list?
There are many ways a TO can be put on this list. Some of which may be situational, but may include:
-Promising certain prizes and never giving them out
-Not giving your cash payouts in a timely manner, or at all.
-Checks bouncing/Paypal disputes after sending out funds.
-Hiring workers for your event and not paying them. (Volunteers do not count, unless you promise them certain swag and don't deliver.)
-Not paying on the lease for your venue.
-Cancelling your tournament without warning, barring serious emergencies that came up last minute.
-Shady dealings altogether (Allowing rebuys into a tournament without it going to the pot, pocketing money that should be in the pot without making it known that you get a certain percentage cut from the pool, assaulting or holding people hostage at your tournament.)
Now I'm on the list. How do I get off?
Prove yourself. Prove you're not a crook and that the complaints were merely an isolated incident. Run two successful events that show that whatever mistakes you made (not paying out, bracket mismanagement, skimming from the pot) have not happened, where players confirm that you made good.
However, if you repeatedly show yourself incapable of running a good tournament, or have been taken off this list and are put back on, you will not be able to get yourself removed from this list at any time, whatsoever.
Furthermore, any event that you promote on SRK will have a disclaimer posted after the OP warning people that you are permanently on the avoid list.
I'm a player. How do I report someone as a bad TO?
Post in this thread their name, where they run tournaments, their SRK username (if applicable), what happened, and evidence. Evidence must be real, so please post URLs from here where complaints are made, other forums, Facebook, Youtube videos of what happened, etc.
What constitutes a bad venue?
A bad venue will do one of the following, other issues may apply:
-Make bad contracts for TOs.
-Ask for money and give no receipt.
-Take your deposit, citing damage when there is none.
-Charge your players an extra entry fee on top of your venue fee to come into the venue.
And now...for the list.
Bad Tournament Organizers:
- Denver, CO
Alias/Organization: Colorado Cutthroat, NVGA, Greg Richardson
Reason: Repeated issues of bouncing checks, not paying players in a timely manner, if at all, hiring incompetent staff to run tournaments, running pyramid schemes on other TOs, allowing rebuys into tournaments, the list goes on. This guy is the worst of the worst, never attend any tournament if you hear his name attached to it.
Evidence: http://www.extrafresh.net/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=2012&page=1 https://www.facebook.com/david.watt.9212/posts/720207984666538?notif_t=like
- Los Angeles, CA
Alias/Organization: Tournament Legacy
Reason: Repeated issues of never paying players or checks bouncing. Has also had issues with brackets to the point that KOF at ReveLAtions was cancelled. He has come back with different aliases before, even luring LevelUp to work with him. Players and TOs alike should have nothing to do with him.
- Orlando, FL
Alias/Organization: GPX Gaming, moadib
Reason: Promoted a major, then rescheduled claiming that MLG had forced him to reschedule. MLG associates told players that they had never even heard of his event and had not contacted him. Also had falsified lists of Japanese players scheduled to attend said tournament that had also never heard of the event and were not planning to travel to the USA until Evo. Event was eventually cancelled, and CEO was born out of it. Told everyone in said thread 4 years ago that he had terminal cancer and was dying, yet is still active on Twitter hosting and organizing anime conventions in 2014. Because of the level he'll stoop to in lying to get sympathy, he's on the permanent list.
Evidence: http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/84248/g-a-m-m-e-orlando-florida-usa-vs-japan-5000-sf4-june-4-6-2010/p1 http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/comment/4269461#Comment_4269461
- Boston, MA
Reason: Aside from his tournament bunglings, he is also a convicted felon for kidnapping. May not be seen for many years, is currently behind bars, but just in case, do not attend anything he runs.
Dae Hwan Kim
- Seoul, South Korea
Alias/Organization: kensouzzang, CafeId
Reason: Has run a horrible tournament in the ID Global Tournament (AKA IGT) two years straight. Both years consisted of exorbitantly high tournament venue fees, poorly run tournaments, severe lack of setups, and forcing players to run their own brackets. In 2014, players complained of prize money being paid out a year late. This year, players complained that despite the tournament being single elim, the tournaments ran and ended late, events being delayed for several hours due to missing DLC, and kensouzzang refusing to address player complains. kensouzzang also claims to have received prize support from Qanba and admitted to never dispersing said prizes.
Isaiah Triforce Johnson
Alias/Organization: TFGM, Empire Arcadia
Reason: Accused of running pyramid schemes while "sponsoring" top players who then had to pay their own way to events then pay him their winnings, running tournaments to have Empire players win to pay his rent. Was an organizer of VxG in the Bahamas, and failed to pay out winnings. Recently was caught signing off a pro COD team in Jamaica to host his own tournament to do the same "win rent money" thing he did in NYC. The team lost and he refused to pay out winnings. Probably the funniest and saddest note of shady business is him going to dinner with NuckleDu, then walking out on the check. This guy is a virus.
The rest of the list from the old thread will be added when I have time. If there are any more that are neither list that needs to be added, please let me know by replying to this thread with links to evidence.