Yes, but "equal footing" is what the player can do. If they will have access to a keyboard and a mouse, and that is a better way to play, then they will use it. Especially if it is meant to be competitive.
There is actually a good gaming story behind my own personal experience with this, haha. A long time ago on local BBS systems there was a game called "Barren Realms Elite". Each BBS was a "planet" within BRE and you and the team on your BBS fought in the same "galaxy" with the other BBSs. In the early days of this game my brother and I devised a completely wacky and demented unconventional way of playing BRE. Just four of us, my brother and I and two others on our BBS who were into doing our thing with us, could easily dominate the entire galaxy no matter how many enemy BBSs teamed up against us. Even in a fresh start game, with the entire "galaxy" knowing in advance that it was them against us... the four of us would easily win A BBS operator in our state got us into the "galaxy" of the international game run by the guy who made the game. After watching us do our thing a couple times he arranged it and had told this guy that if he let us in, his BBS would take over his entire galaxy in less than a week. So first we took over his entire galaxy in less than a week, then he and his enraged fanbase agreed to start over from the beginning. The entire galaxy v us 4 little guys on the Colorado BBS with them knowing in advance that it was all of them against us... but not knowing that we had already done this to Colorado before, haha! The entire galaxy gave up an "surrenders" (quite screaming their heads off about our "cheating" would be more accurate) over the first three days as they realized that it was already over after the first night and that we would easily win. The designer of the game then banned the entire state of Colorado from his galaxy, which had been "contaminated" by the way Indra and I played BRE, and restarted his game again without anyone from "Contaminated Colorado" in his game, haha. He agreed that we were not cheating, he just didn't like how we played his game.
That was my response to him and all of the upset people in his galaxy back then... "There is only one way to push a button." Whatever can be done in a game is fair, and will be done. And any plan to fight this through monitoring and banning seems like a tremendous waste of money to make up for an avoidable game design flaw. They should now just be telling people that keyboard and mouse is an option, fighting it makes them look like incompetent idiots who don't realize that the players will do what they can do. At least to my generation it does;-)