So, if you check out the results of the Emerald Championships, you’ll see a little bit of offering to split bounties and/or prize support during the elimination rounds. This has kicked up a minor fuss. Two questions:
1) Is it “bribery” to offer to split prizes and/or bounties in order to get people to concede to you?
2) How many people care? It’s easy to drop this sort of split into the category of bribery – how is “if you concede, I’ll give you all the product for winning” not in some sense ‘bribing’ the other player to concede? But this sort of thing goes on all the time. I can’t even count the number of times that a Kotei has been decided by the guy who doesn’t care about the story prize and/or can’t use the GenCon qualification conceding in exchange for some or all of the prize support.
Although there are some who object to prize splitting (or prize giving away), most people don’t seem to have an issue with it (unless they’re forced to think of it in terms of bribery, at which point there’s more shift against it). It’s against the text of the rules, I think, but I don’t even know if it’s against the “spirit” of the rules because it goes on anyway and it doesn’t generally seem to be an issue.
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that everyone is against players being allowed to just break out a roll of $20 bills and start peeling them off until the other guy goes home.
Which gets us to bounties – including the alleged situation at the Emerald Champs T4. Normally, I think that most players would include bounty splits along with prize splits in the “not a problem” category. But what if the player offering the bounty split is the player who offered the bounty in the first place? Is it kosher for a player with a chunk of cash to offer a bounty for his Clan to win, play that Clan, and then if he makes the T4/T2 start offering to “split” that bounty? Is that “splitting a bounty?” Or is that just a risky and awkward way of having the option of bribing players? Should people not be allowed to offer bounties for tournaments they’re playing in? Does it matter if there’s any real chance you’ll actually make the cut?