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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 The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.