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Veteran host Redeye walks away from esports following abuse accusations

Published: 29/Jun/2020 18:57 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 20:55

by Michael Gwilliam


British commentator Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner has announced his retirement from esports after abuse accusations were made against him by fellow host James Banks.

Redeye is known for his commentary in games such as Counter-Strike, Call of Duty 2, and Starcraft 2. He has broadcast in many countries since his start in 2002, and in both 2018 and 2019, hosted Dota 2’s The International tournament.

The 48-year-old announced his retirement on June 29, citing the “attacks on his character” as the reason for his leaving. He called the allegations a “mix of half-truths” that he may have been able to deal with until his children were brought into it.

He also claimed that while his mental health was already in a bad state due to the lockdown, these recent accusations have caused him to come close to “taking his own life” – and also added that stepping away was only way he was going to “survive.”

On June 27, caster and host James Banks accused Redeye and his agency Code Red esports of “abuse of power” and threatening his career and journalists who tried to tell the story. Banks has been involved in the Counter-Strike scene for many years, and is an established host and presenter.

Additionally, he claimed that Redeye went out of his way to stop him from being hired, going so far as contacting tournament organizers and telling them not to use him.

He also included screenshots of others within the industry claiming to have suffered verbal abuse or had their careers held back because of him.

Redeye went on to deny the allegations in his own document, but after that, Banks posted more allegations detailing more abuse.

“Further information on Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner & Luke Cotton. Info on his court case including Redeye’s trial for child abuse & assault. I am leaving this all for the journalists to work with and will help them contact the people involved,” Banks tweeted, along with a link to the document.

Bringing up the court case, of which Redeye was found not guilty, seems to have been the last straw for Chaloner as he retired shortly thereafter.

Kevin Chang for Team Liquid
Redeye announced he would end his time in esports.

Before closing the chapter of his 18-year career in esports, Redeye gave an apology to those he might have wronged in the past.

“I would like to offer those who I have not treated very well an apology,” he said. “I never intended to upset you and hope that you have long and successful careers.”

He said he would be learning from this exchange to better himself, but noted any change that comes from it will follow into his new career outside of the esports industry.


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.

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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.