Two-time Dota 2 The International winner n0tail banned on Twitch - Dexerto

Two-time Dota 2 The International winner n0tail banned on Twitch

Published: 27/Dec/2019 4:11

by Andrew Amos


OG’s captain and two-time Dota 2 TI winner Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein has been banned on Twitch for an undisclosed period of time, with fans speculating he’s been suspended over the usage of homophobic slurs.

N0tail is one of the most popular Dota 2 personalities in the world, and with good reason. He’s one of only five people to win the prestigious The International twice, and he’s the charismatic leader of the fan-favorite OG team that did so.

While he doesn’t stream too often, he booted it up to his 100,000 followers on Twitch over Christmas Day, sharing the festivities with over 2,800 average viewers across the broadcast. 

However, he has since been suspended in the aftermath of the stream, with fans speculating he was taken down over the usage of homophobic slurs.

Why was n0tail banned on Twitch?

N0tail was suspended from Twitch on December 26 for an unknown period of time. 

While his ban reason isn’t publicly known, it’s suspected that he was taken down for hateful conduct during his Christmas stream.

According to users on Reddit, the two-time The International winner used the slur “f****t” numerous times, as well as saying “gay” in a derogatory ay. 

Twitch’s Community Guidelines state that hateful conduct that “promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on…gender, gender identity, [and] sexual orientation” is prohibited on the platform.

For the first offence, like in n0tail’s case, Twitch usually hand down a ban varying from 24 hours to a week, depending on the severity. 

Streamers will also have a strike laid against their account, with a three-strikes rule permanently deplatforming streamers after three offences.

Valven0tail is one of Dota’s biggest names, having won two Internationals with OG.

It’s unclear as to when n0tail will be able to stream again on Twitch, as no one knows how long his ban is for. 

N0tail, nor his team OG, is yet to make a comment on the situation, but we will update you when they do.


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.