Controversy stirs over alleged Chongqing Major ban of Kuku and Skem

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

The government in Chongqing China has allegedly banned two players from participating in the Chongqing Major and entering the region after racial remarks earlier in the month. 

Earlier in the month during the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor Andrei 'Skem' Gabriel Ong made a racial slur in the chat before an official match verses RNG. Around the same time, Kuku "Kuku" Palad had also made a similar remark in pubs, further fueling the fire. The Chinese community was upset by the lack of response or punishment from Valve regarding the incidents, although compLexity Gaming did report giving Skem a fine and having him issue an apology. 

Now, it seems that the local government and tournament organizers have decided to take matters into their own hands and issued both TNC and compLexity potential consequences for participation in Chongqing Major if they qualify. 

Sources have informed GosuGamers that letters were sent to both TNC and compLexity regarding the ban on both players. It was shortly after that compLexity moved Skem to inactive status and as disclosed by Kyle "beef" Bautista in their statement, it was due to challenges with Skem getting visas for "multiple" regions that resulted in difficulties in both training and competing with the team. 

At this time it is unknown if Valve will step in regarding the situation. In the past Valve did revoke the major status of Galaxy Battles after players complained about the tournament organizer's issues regarding personal privacy and other concerns. TI9 is also scheduled to be held in China, raising concerns from the community about the power of the government to ban certain players from the event. 


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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • jon "fuku" snow ,
    This is actually insane and the reason why valve shouldn't have majors in China, let alone TI. They have a government that uses secret police for fuck's sake
    • zhang "colstaray" zhang ,
      GL white trash
      • Kenny "Kennista" Ngo ,
        Chingchong Major!
        • zhang "colstaray" zhang ,
          Sry, all pro players are trying to go to China for dpc points. And u are just crying here lol.
          • Kenny "Kennista" Ngo ,
            Hm??? You're thinking so highly of your trash ass country... Not everyone wants to go to that shit hole. Especially me. So no worries, your ChingChong major can go fuck itself.
            • Allan "allan3784" Du ,
              good, don't think anyone would givea woop about you going to china, hmm are you even able to pass the boarders? lel, why is everyone getting so mad? they did something wrong, they get punished, simple.
              • Kenny "Kennista" Ngo ,
                Of course no one would give a shit about me going to that trashcan. But no one would give a shit about your opinion anyway. So shut the fuck up and go back to school, you can't even spell...
                • Allan "allan3784" Du ,
                  my bad sorry, borders haha, what are you? online english teacher on gosu?
    • Kyrl Haydn "MercyrL" LIgan ,
      I agree. This is why politics and Dota should not mix. Imagine a country stepping in to influence how an organization should manage their affairs, who's the bully now? Better move Ti else where then...
  • jon "fuku" snow ,
    But of course China brings a lot of money for dota and valve are only interested in that so :)))))


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