Valve speaks out about TNC and Chongqing Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Valve has broken their silence and made a line in the sand for TNC regarding The Chongqing Major. 

Only yesterday TNC had reported that Valve would not give them the 40% DPC point reduction for using a standin at Chongqing Major following the controversy and situation surrounding Kuku "Kuku" Palad. However, since then, the software development company has made a public statement regarding the situation and has decided at the end to take a hard (and different) stance than originally reported. 

We’ve been following the recent situation regarding TNC and the Chongqing Major and how it has unfolded. First, for clarification, Kuku is not banned by the Chinese government. While there is a lot of anxiety around his attendance and problems it may create, we do not believe his presence creates a real security threat.

Our view on the situation is that responsibility resides with teams to handle these types of issues professionally. When they fail to do so, we will step in. While it is one thing to make a mistake and apologize, it is quite another thing for the team to lie about it or try to create cover for an individual player. TNC has mishandled the situation on multiple occasions, making the situation much worse than it needed to be.

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.

Players and teams will make mistakes in the future, and they should accept responsibility for them. We want there to be opportunities to learn from their errors, but taking responsibility doesn’t mean making mistakes don’t come with a cost. 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.

Ultimately Valve has decided that due to the 'mishandling' of the circumstance on the part of TNC, KuKu will NOT be able to participate and the team will receive a deduction of 20% of current DPC points. 

Last 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 lashed back and things escalated further with social media outpour of frustrations, opinions, and backlash from both sides. 

StarLadder and ImbaTV will be hosting the second Major of the DPC 2018-2019 season in Chongqing, China. The Chongqing Major will be held from the 19th to the 27th of January 2019 with sixteen of the world's best teams competing for the largest slice of the $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points.


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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


  • "frostyfly" ,
    grumbling about how valve is siding with china? to be clear, this is not about siding with china, its valve choosing not to side with the player that clearly made racist remarks. discrimination is unacceptable in all forms and kuku deserves to be punished for it. but hey he apologized... no ppl its not enough, if an apology is enough, whats stopping him from just saying the same stuff over and over again? that said, i am disappointed that valve actually wanted to let the team organizations to handle it before deciding to step in. They need a code of conduct for all players and dish out the punishments uniformly to all offenses.
  • "daverx" ,
    Shut up! China is top in faking things. You won't admit that but look every fake items, copying patent of every products all over the world. So clearly all the proof they have is also their fabrication. No one complaint against BoBoka, filipino didn't cry against it. Its clearly a filipino language and all dota community knows about it. Its offensive to filipino but they don't mind about it because they were not brat, and like China who had all the principles, values, mentioned in above comment. But China were not in the list of most discipline country. Most discipline people were japanese, swedish, and so on. But not chinese. They were fake people. talking about principles but not practicing it either. Clearly a hypocrite kind of people.
    • Aisen "luffyFANboy" Liu ,
      why u so mad? cause your country is not as good and growing not as fast as china? i smell so much jelly roflmao. loser behind the keyboard.
    • Allan "allan3784" Du ,
      You are so ignorant to the point of being funny, going by your logic Filipino is the only language in the world? Kiss means Pee in Swedish, so should English ban the word "kiss"? please just grow up, its people like you that SEA is regarded as most cancerous server. show evidence that proofs are all "fabrication" if not then why don't you shut up? seriously, holding onto every little thing so you can lash our your anger without any actual knowledge and evidence in backing your statement. And "fake items" lol, did it affect you in any way, is that the reason you are so unintelligent?
    • Vans "hTd0309" 1213 ,
      Pinoys are the best liar in the world, ashamed with them. A professional club cannot handle a simple thing and wanted to smear another country. How shit they are? Announced a fake news to get fan's compassion
  • miao "River08" miao ,
    srsly,how much did they pay u to eat shit here?
    • miao "River08" miao ,
      come on,gosu,you should ban this new f**king account
      • Aisen "luffyFANboy" Liu ,
        no. banning this account because the holder is a retard who's never being to china in his live and only reads craps from the internet.
  • arya "rasarya" wicaksana ,
    chingcong pepek ama cina
  • confidential "asking" confidential ,
    I find it funny , that million dollar of ti money and major , without china it wouldn't be that much . And you bite the hand that feed you hhahaha


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