Last month, Dota 2 professional participant Carlo “Kuku” Palad caused outrage over racist taunts he made in a non-tournament game. This month, Chongqing’s authorities – the town the place Dota 2’s subsequent huge event is because of be held in January – have claimed they may cancel the Major if Palad attends.
The data comes from Palad’s group, TNC Predator. They additionally relayed that the organisers “couldn’t guarantee” Palad’s security if he selected to return. He is, nonetheless, not forbidden from making an attempt.
3. The organizers won’t be able to ensure his security ought to he attend
The organizers additionally knowledgeable us that neither TNC nor Kuku is banned from attending the Major.
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) December 2, 2018
In a followup statement, TNC stated that they’d contacted Valve and been informed their group “may still compete at the Major with a stand-in and that no point penalties will be applied”. The group hasn’t but selected their plans.
TNC recently docked half of Palad’s winnings from coming fifth within the Kuala Lumpur Major due to his feedback. They stated they’d do the identical for his successful’s from the Chongqing Major or the Bucharest Minor, whichever was bigger, and that the cash might be donated to an anti-racism charity.
Palad’s taunts weren’t an remoted incident within the Dota 2 professional scene. Complexity Gaming not too long ago fined Andrei “skem” Ong one month’s wage for feedback of his personal, in addition to transferring him “off of the active roster” whereas they “help him find a new home”. The incidents prompted Valve to challenge a statement condemning racist behaviour:
“We think it is really damaging to the entire Dota community whenever even a single professional player uses discriminatory language. It pits fans against each other, belittles and demeans entire groups and makes them feel like they are not as important. Going forward, we expect all teams who participate in our tournaments to hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly.”
I’d have preferred to see some specificity about what Valve considers a “strong punishment”, however that’s higher than nout.