Thursday, 13 April 2017

The rules that govern.

Sport and the Law.
Any society is governed by rules that are acceptable to the majority.

As such all organisations in South Africa are subject to the laws decided upon by Parliament.

I realise that this may be a 'bitter-pill' for many gamers to swallow, but the laws apply as much as to gaming as they do to any other sport and as much as the (the laws) apply to business and to all residents of the country.

At this time of public protest, it would be disingenuous for people to try to 'pick-and-choose' which law they want to comply, and which  law they don't want to.

You cannot in all honesty, object to the actions of President Jacob Zuma, if you yourself are not prepared to adhere to the law.

And so it is with gaming!

Gaming needs to apply to the law, and the rules that they make often take into account the behaviour of those who have transgressed the norms of civil society.

Few rules exist because people complied, most rules exist because of people whose actions  have been less than acceptable.

One only has to think of the incident in DGL in 2015 where Ventus Gaming apparently used an illegal player. Many felt that the sanction was not sufficient, but the sanction applied could only be in terms of DGL's rules at the time.

The fact that drug testing is becoming more-and-more prevalent in gaming is only because there has been abuse of such in the past. If everybody complied with the norms of civil society, such rules would not be required.

In short it is the few that spoil it for the majority.

However, any good administrator enjoys seeing members manipulate the rules. Manipulation of rules is different from breaking rules. Players that manipulate the rules show administrators that they (the members) can think, know the rules, and can apply the rules.

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