Due to the recent situation that took place last weekend at Combo Breaker, Ultra Arcade issued a statement announcing the release of Noel Brown. He was recently picked up by the organization and represented the team in Street Fighter V and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
According to the statement, Noel is prohibited from competing in any events that are directly supported by Ultra Arcade — which also includes the remaining Killer Instinct World Cup. The full statement reads as follows:
Response to the Combo Breaker 2016 Incident
After reviewing the details from all parties we have come to a decision to release Noel Brown from the Ultra Arcade team, and ban Noel from competing in ALL Ultra Arcade Events, & ALL Killer Instinct World CupQualifiers (Including the Cup itself) for the duration of the KIWC 2017 Season.
We will re-evaluate Noel’s eligibility to attend our events in the 2018 season.
Ultra Arcade and KI World Cup have a Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment and we do not condone any acts of harassment. Warranted or Unwarranted that type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
We would like to thank Richard Thiher(Head of Combo Breaker) for helping us get to the bottom of everything and getting everything resolved in a timely matter.
Capcom and Combo Breaker have issued similar statements addressing the admission of harassment from the victim, who requested not to have her identity disclosed. Noel has informed friends and those close to him that he'll use the opportunity to "redesign and rebuild," with the hope of rejoining the competitive circuits in the coming year.