It doesn’t stop and it seems like this dispute between the Chinese and Southeast Asian Dota 2 communities it’s not even close to be settled. Official statements from Valve, StarLadder and ImbaTV are yet to be released, however, TNC are participating in the SEA qualifiers with the player who caused all the problems in the first place.
While currently is still unknown for sure if Kuku will be allowed or not to enter in China for the Chongqing Major or even for TI9, one prominent figure in the Chinese Dota 2 scene decided to share his opinion on the matter. The person in discussion is none other than one of the co-founders of the Chinese event organizer, studio and video production company ImbaTV, who, along with StarLadder are hosting the upcoming Major in China.
Zhang “BBC” Hongsheng, who has also been the Chinese host of the past three The Internationals stirred the pot last night when he took on Weibo to express his disappointment with how TNC and Kuku in particular, are handling the situation. BBC is highlighting the fact that TNC tried to lie their way out from the incident, which he considers more like a slap in the face, and says that a simple fine for the player is not solving anything.
At this moment, what seems to upset the Chinese community even more than the racist comment made by Kuku three weeks ago, is that he never personally apologized for it. However, on the 2nd of November, he actually did post the following on his personal Facebook page:
“I would like to apologize for my actions earlier this morning in a pub game. I said words which are insulting mainly for the Chinese community. Despite not having any Chinese players in the game, I didn’t count the fact that I have fans who watch my games. As a professional player, I have an obligation to be a role model for everyone, especially for the people looking up to me. From now on, I promise to always be cautious with my actions and that this will not happen again. Thank you for your understanding. I will be better.”
For some reason, from media to all the parties involved, this Facebook post got unnoticed and had little to no exposure. Everyone got stucked to the false claim that was made on Weibo, and even though even the TNC Manager apologized and took the blame for that post, the Chinese community seems to wish that Kuku would have done more.
Before the SEA qualifiers started, the organization did release more information on what kind of fine they applied to Kuku, but even that decision is not seen kindly by BBC. TNC announced that in the eventuality of them qualifying for the Chongqing Major, half of Kuku’s earnings will go to Charity in China and asked for the Chinese community to find a right person or a group that could benefit from Kuku’s donation.
It is our best interest to educate our players to own up on their mistakes, take full responsibility and correct their wrong actions. To clarify the term "penalty/fine" we posted last time, 50% of Kuku's winnings from KL Major, Chongqing Major (if we qualify) 1/4
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) November 25, 2018
As for the beneficiary, we are committed in giving assistance to the Chinese community.
We will be asking help from some Chinese people whom we know to help us find the right person/group to help. We will keep everyone updated.
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) November 25, 2018
BBC is a well-known figure in the Dota 2 scene and his Weibo post explicitly says “I don’t really want your money. I just want you to understand that what you did is wrong.”
BBC: “He scolds and hurls offensive remarks at me. It caught me off guard, but I soon recovered and start to plan my revenge. He doesn’t care, and he even claims that it was someone else that scolded me. I gathered my brothers and was I ready to attack. He panicked and wanted to use money to resolve the issue. I feel that this isn’t right, I don’t really want your money. I just want you to understand that what you did is wrong. Maybe only after experiencing all these will you be taught a lesson. If we use kindness to repay enmity, then how should we repay kindness? These are my thoughts at this very moment.”
The first reply to BBC’s post comes from a fan and it reads:
Reply: “So, you are saying that you want the Chinese and Southeast Asian fans to continue hating each other? Valve, who usually doesn’t interfere in such incidents, have already issued their statement. The other party was already fined and apologized, now he is even banned from competing. What’s next, life-time ban at events? Yes, he made a mistake, but is it so hard to be the bigger man?”
Obviously, TNC and Kuku are now focused on the qualifiers matches as they are in the lower bracket finals, thus one series stands between them and a possible ticket to the Major. There is still hope that this incident will be sorted out and that Valve will issue a clearer statement on how they want to handle this particular case.