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After what seems like ages, we finally have a verdict on the Kuku – Chongqing Major controversy. Valve, from whom the community had given up expectations of a decision, stepped in and put an end to all the ambiguity…with an ambiguous statement (it sounds strange, but that how it is!). What was the final decision from Valve? TNC will be docked 20% of their current DPC points for not handling the situation properly and most importantly, Kuku will be banned from the Chongqing Major. The complete statement can be found here:

After all the drama that has unfolded in the past few weeks, this seems like a ridiculous decision from Valve. Here are excerpts from their statement with the reasoning:

TNC contacted Valve last Tuesday, asking if they would get a DPC point penalty for replacing Kuku; we told them that they wouldn’t. We assumed that they were then working on a plan to replace Kuku with another player. However it seems like TNC is currently not taking proper responsibility for their actions, coupled with the attempted cover up by the team, so we are now stepping in directly and banning Kuku from attending this event. To be clear, TNC is not the victim in this case. It is not okay to cover up the situation, avoid any real sense of responsibility and then deflect it onto the community. We expect them to disagree with this.”

Assumed? A company as prominent as Valve cannot possibly justify making assumptions based on what a team enquires. It is only natural that TNC, as the affected party, would consider all their options before coming to a decision. Just because they asked about what would happen on using a stand-in does in no way imply they are using a stand-in. The community is totally against this decision and it does not come as a surprise.

A very valid point made by Dota 2 statistician Noxville here. This ban comes out of the blue without any rules or regulations for teams to follow. Were TNC just supposed to accept the ban, play with a stand-in and be bullied? There was nothing wrong in the way TNC handled the situation. Kuku put up two apologies on Facebook and the team declared on Twitter that they wanted to get to the bottom of this with as little controversy as possible. TNC also mentioned that Kuku would be fined for his actions:

Let’s go back to when all this started. The 24th of November when Team Secret’s manager, Cyborgmatt put out a tweet regarding the issue:

From the 24th of November to the 3rd of December (when Valve put out their statement), it has been more than 10 days. Why should it take the organization so long to take a stand? They claim in their statement that they step in only when organizations cannot deal with the situation. This situation was something big enough for them to have stepped in from the start. Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner is glad that Valve stepped in and took control, but mentions they should have done so before all the drama took place. He also mentions the need of a rulebook, which Valve should prioritize on.

The Dota 2 community is lashing out at Valve on Reddit, which was bound to happen. r/Dota2 is up to its neck in posts regarding how this decision is incorrect.

Valve’s statement doesn’t make sense from DotA2

Valve, this is the most disappointed I have ever been in you and your statement is internally inconsistent and unfair from DotA2

With controversy, there is always the new potential to generate humor from the situation. Redditors and Noxville suggested using Skem as a stand-in for Kuku. Skem shot himself in the foot by using the same racist words that Kuku used (Skem actually was the first to have made the mistake) but was quick to admit his mistake and apologize. Seeing Valve’s comment that the organizers have not banned anyone from the event, Skem is very much eligible to be used as a stand-in for the banned Kuku!

TNC have not responded to Valve’s decision yet. It will be interesting to see who they chose to replace Kuku and if the organization wishes to add fuel to the fire by actually considering Skem (Skem is from the Philippines as well!)

Coming to the conclusion of this long drawn controversy, it is indeed a good thing Valve stepped in. Some authority was necessary to bring an end to all the madness. But the way Valve did it was incorrect. Like Noxville said, they are just trying to sweep it under the rug and hope it just disappears.

Yes, racism is incorrect and has no place in esports. Especially when you are a player as prominent as Kuku, you have more of a responsibility to be a good role model. Kuku did not adhere to that, for which he was punished by his organization. But like GrandGrant put it, if a player makes a mistake and apologizes for it, he should be given a second chance and it should not affect his ability to participate in what could be a career defining tournament. Valve should make a defined set of rules and make sure they are followed to the dot to avoid such a situation in the future. For now, all we can do is actually sweep it under the rug and hope that peace and parity is restored to the community that is united by this wonderful game called Dota 2.

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