In the ongoing situation involving Kuku, TNC, and the Chongqing Major, Valve have stepped in with a statement. It was released via their blog.
The blog clarifies multiple points. First they have officially reported that Kuku was not banned by the Chinese government and clarified that they do not believe his presence would create a real security threat.
They further go on to state that they believe teams should handle these issues themselves, but if they fail to do so then Valve will step in. In the article they go on to state that TNC have lied and tried to cover up the mistakes of their player. Additionally, TNC’s mishandling of the situation multiple times has made the situation worse than before.
“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.” – Valve
Valve believe players and teams should accept responsibilities for their mistakes. As TNC have failed to do this, Valve’s punishment is as follows, “Covering up the situation is not an acceptable approach to the problem, and demonstrates poor decision making from TNC that requires accountability. In addition to being required to replace Kuku, we will also be docking 20% of TNC’s current DPC points. The player restriction does not affect future tournaments.”
Full Statement can be found here.