The Melee Competition Committee has been criticized this week for its lack of a female representative in either of its panels, despite deciding on sweeping changes that affect the whole community.
The Leadership Panel consists of five TOs, while the At-Large panel of 25 members of the Melee community; recently, Adam "Armada" Lingren relinquished his seat in order to allow a female member onto the committee.
Video about the Competitive Committe/ The 25— Adam Lindgren (@ArmadaUGS) September 9, 2017
Mixed feelings from people about me standing up for the girls in Smash.https://t.co/ehTWtqDWaQ
MeleeItOnMe responded to recent calls for better community representation by clarifying their aims and goals as a committee. In this post, they write:
"The purpose of the Competition Committee has always been and will continue to be, to collaborate on a recommended Melee ruleset whose scope is about gameplay rules only. Informally speaking, it’s just about what happens between sitting down and plugging your controller in, and getting up from the station after the set is over..."
The statement basically reads that players should not expect the committee to discuss player conduct or etiquette; instead, the committee's scope is only within the technical aspects of the game.
Why do we need representation for women on the 25? An FAQ— Emily Sun (@emilywaves) September 10, 2017
Don't regret my decission at all tbh.— Adam Lindgren (@ArmadaUGS) September 9, 2017
I believe long term having a girl in this could lead to something great
While some have taken this statement as a reasonable explanation of the committee's true scope, =top players like Rishi "Rishi" Malhotra see it as backpedaling from their initial aim. Regardless, the committee should release an official statement soon given the recent backlash.
cover photo courtesy of Twitlonger