Gabe Newell responds to the Shanghai Major production drama
Day three at Shanghai Major group stage starts with Valve firing the entire production crew and an unconventional announcement made by Gabe Newell himself via reddit.
Yesterday a shocking twitter post from the event official English host James '2GD' Harding came after the second GSL game series finished announcing he was released from his duties by Valve. The panel resumed with Jorien 'Sheever' van der Heijden taking over as the English panel host and everyone anxiously waited for an official announcement from Valve along with a promised clarification from 2GD. Before James got to post his story, Gabe Newell made a personal reddit post stating the following:
1) James. We've had issues with James at previous events. Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai, feeling that he deserved another chance. That was a mistake. James is an ass, and we won't be working with him again.
2) As long as we're firing people, we are also firing the production company that we've been working with on the Shanghai Major. They will be replaced, and we hope to get this turned around before the main event.
As always, I can be reached at [email protected].”
The previous events mentioned by Gabe Newell are The International 2, The International 3 and The International 4 where James '2GD' Harding was the panel host. In an interview he gave at TI 4 to Curse, James said “this is probably the last time I am going to host TI” and so it was. No detailed reasoning was given at TI 5 other than he decided not to collaborate with Valve anymore.
The announcement of his return at the Shanghai Major split the community into two camps as his personality and his loose, relaxed style of hosting is not everyone’s cup of coffee.
His thoughts on Valve’s decision are yet to be made public as he decided to sleep on the matter rather than rushing the response:
However, once Gabe went to reddit, James responded in the 11k comments thread saying:
In the meantime some of players have started to voice their opinions regarding the Shanghai Major storyline so far. Peter 'ppd' Dager kept a daily Vlog and in the today’s episode he’s giving his two cents on Valve’s decision to fire 2GD.
As polarising as James Harding may be, the most disappointing part with this second Dota 2 Major was the amateurism displayed by the production team. Plagued with an unbelievable amount of technical issues including; severe audio problems, freezing streams, poor lighting studio setup, no working microphones, really badly executed transitions from the casters to the panel and in total more than four hours of delays in each of the first two days, was what truly defined the Shanghai Major so far.
Without exactly knowing who is behind all these, the community flamed a lot toward Perfect World, but the fact is that the one hired to deliver the Shanghai Major production was KeyTV, the Chinese Content Producer based in Shanghai that was also responsible for Nanyang Championship. And if we take a look back we will notice the similarities in the production value of these two events.
An inside perspective at how the English production went down in the first two days can be found in the TwitLonger post made by the English production translator hired by KeyTv.
After broadcasting the first two series of the day without a panel, the English stream has managed to improvise a solution and resumed the show with Dakota 'KotLGuy' Cox as host. For the first part of the day it was the crew from Moonduck studio who stepped in and delivered the in between games analysis with Zyori, Purge, Maut, SUNsfan, PimpmuckL and SirActionSlacks.
If you are wondering why the official Russian panel is not affected by this mess, that’s because they were able to bring their own small production team to secure the Russian coverage part for this Major.