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Dota 2 pro Solo threatens Epicentre Major boycott amid Ceb alleged racism row

Published: 24/May/2019 14:59 Updated: 24/May/2019 15:26

by Connor Bennett


Virtus Pro Dota 2 player Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin has threatened to boycott the upcoming Epicenter major in Russia, unless Valve speaks up about the ongoing situation with OG’s Sébastien ‘7ckngMad’ Debs.

The row about 7ckngMad’s comments, who also goes by the name Ceb, kicked off on May 23 when one player posted screenshots of the OG player making allegedly racist comments towards Russian players in-game to the Dota 2 subreddit.

While members of the subreddit were split about what had happened, 7ckngMad apologized for what had happened, citing the fact that he had been ‘trolled’ by a toxic player who had been antagonizing him. Despite that, the fallout has now seemingly impacted the professional scene.

Twitter: WriterYamatoCeb was part of the OG squad who captured TI success in 2018.

Hours after the Ceb drama had initially begun on May 24, pros chimed in on the situation. The most notable was Solo, who dropped a lengthy post on Russian social media site VK with his thoughts. “Russian whores who would sell their mothers for MMR. That’s not the kind of stuff you say even if you get frustrated,” started Solo – zeroing in on Ceb’s comments.

“Schizophrenic animals from Russia. Third world dogs. You simply can’t say these things no matter what caused them. I am proud to be Russian and your words leave me speechless.” Yet, Solo wasn’t done there. After explaining his feelings on the situation, including the reasons why he had to speak up about it, he called on Valve to intervene.

He concluded: “I won’t be participating at the upcoming Epicenter Major that will be played in my home country unless Valve openly speaks about this case and ensures consistency and transparency when it comes to treating racism in our game.”

Solo’s full post from VK on the Ceb situation.

Will Valve ban Ceb?

It remains to be seen if Valve will intervene in the situation like they did when Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad was banned from the Chongqing Major back in December for comments towards Chinese players. 

As of now, Solo is currently the only player threatening to boycott the Major, which kicks off on June 22. With VP being a hometown favorite, going in search of qualification for the upcoming International, everyone will want Solo donning his team’s colors in Moscow. 


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.