Chinese government reportedly calls for ban of two Dota2 players after racist remarks - Dexerto

Chinese government reportedly calls for ban of two Dota2 players after racist remarks

Published: 24/Nov/2018 12:09 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 10:29

by Calum Patterson


Two Filipino Dota2 players, Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad and Gabriel ‘Skemberlu’ Ong, are reportedly set to be banned from competing in the upcoming Chongqing Major in China, after making racist remarks about Chinese players.

The two players were already punished by their respective organizations, with Kuku receiving the “maximum penalty” from TNC Predators, and Skem similarly received a fine from compLexity.

The organizations also released apologies, however, anger from Chinese fans grew, especially as TNC Predators’ statement was initially posted to a Weibo account with 2 followers, before being shared to Twitter a week later. This left a gap where fans thought TNC Predators had ignored the controversy.

However, despite receiving sanctions from their organizations, it looks like the punishment for these two players is not done yet.

The next Dota2 Major is to be held in Chongqing, China, in January, and because Kuku and Skem’s comments were derogatory to Chinese people and has caused offence to fans in the region, it is reported that the municipal government has stepped in to call for the players to be banned.

Director of Team Secret, Matthew Bailey, claims that the organizations were also asked if they would remove the players from their rosters.

Dota caster and analyst Jack ‘KBBQ’ Chen states that StarLadder, the organizer’s of the Major, were approached by the Chinese municipal government of Chongqing, telling them ‘this event cannot have these two players.’

Former compLexity pro player Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao also clarified that it was not just a rumor, saying on Twitter that “It’s not a rumour. Skem and Kuku are most likely going to get banned.”

Skemberlu is currently not on an active roster, after being made inactive by compLexity as they “help him find a new home.”

Dota2 host and esports veteran Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner responded to the reports of municipal government involvement, calling it “utterly ridiculous”.

Qualifying for the Chongqing Major begins on November 25, but missing out on the Major may not be the end of the worries for Skem and Kuku.

Shanghai has been confirmed as the host city of TI9, and there is a very real possibility that Chinese governmental intervention sees these players miss out of the biggest event of the Dota2 calendar as well.

There is added tension between Filipino and Chinese fans, given the current political relationship between the countries. The Philippines is still waiting on billions in investment that was promised by China, but is yet to materialize, after they switched allied allegiances to Beijing instead of Washington.


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

Dota2 on Weibo
Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.