Community Code of Conduct

POSTED BY Marc Thomas March 12, 2021
Updated (7/24/2021)

The Esports Counsel (Originally the Smash Council) was established in late 2019 as a means to determine guidelines, rules and expectations of the community. As such, the determining and enforcement of the rules is the collective responsibility of the entire council. The community rules as determined by the council are as follows.

Minor Offense


  • Attending events under the influence of illicit substances, visibly drunk.
  • Deliberately hurtful language that goes beyond playful trash talk, excessive trolling, or excessive passive aggressive remarks. Can be reviewed on a case by case basis
  • Hazing of new members to the Critical Esports and Rochester Esports Communities
  • Cyberbullying used directly in Critical Esports and Rochester Esports online social media platforms towards members of the Critical Esports and Rochester Esports communities.
  • Account Impersonation
  • Excessive BM during tournaments.
  • Excessive text message spamming, memes, etc. on Critical Esports and Rochester Esports social media platforms other than in designated and appropriate chat channels (i.e. memes channel)

Minor Offense Repercussions: An offender will be be given a warning and may be asked to leave during an event if they occur during the scope of a Critical Esports event at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer (TO). If the incident occurs outside of an event but on Critical Esports or Rochester Esports platforms, the offender will be given an official warning and will be barred from the next eligible event at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer.

Major Offense


  • Theft from other members in our community or the venue.
  • Slurs, hate speech, personal threats, verbal sexual harassment in the scope of events, social media, Critical Esports streams, match commentary, etc.
  • Posting malicious links on Critical Esports and Rochester Esports social media platforms.
  • Posting of pornographic, gorey, NSFW or otherwise vulgar images or text on Critical Esports and Rochester Esports platforms.
  • Intentional destruction of property, personal, business, venue or otherwise.
  • Minor Offense Upgrade: Requires a combination of 3 distinct or repetitive minor offenses within 6 months

Major offenses may result in a ban. The ban detail, including duration and lifting requirements will be determined on a case by case basis by the Esports Council. The severity and frequency of this and other offenses will be taken into consideration. 2 confirmed major offenses over the course of a players lifetime will result in review for a permanent ban.



  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation of minors
  • Attempting to distribute illicit substances
  • Match fixing
  • 2 confirmed major offenses

Appeals can be brought to the Esports Council once a year, however no sooner than one year from the date ban was issued.


Infractions not listed here will be reviewed by the Esports Council and determined their severity. The Code of Conduct will be updated accordingly and any warnings or bans will be applied retroactively at the discretion of the council.

Venue Etiquette

The staff, customers, and the venues are to be treated with respect. We ask that you please uphold any additional policies the venue may have if in addition to this details outlined in this code of conduct.  This is including but not limited to:

Critical Esports

  • Be respectful of non-tournament participants using other setups or PCs.
  • Be respectful while on stream. Tournaments are recorded and broadcast in real time.
  • Clean up after yourselves and notify staff about issues when necessary.


  • Following NerdinOut’s parking policies. The parking lot adjacent to NerdinOut and between Central Bark pet store is reserved for their customers. Please park at the Full Circle Financial parking lot across the street. 
  • Following NerdinOut’s policy on disallowing outside food/beverage.