Apparently, even the local government in ChongQing had also requested for the ban, but CoL boss says otherwise.
Just recently, Skem and Kuku were embroiled in a controversy after both of them used a racist remark against Chinese players in Dota 2. Skem did it on the world stage, while Kuku did it in a pub match. As a result, Skem was reprimanded by Complexity Gaming and was later kicked out. Actions were also taken against Kuku by TNC Gaming. Later, Erik Johnson from Valve also exchanged emails with the Chinese Dota 2 Burning and Valve later released an official statement on the issue.
But it seems like this was not enough for the Chinese community. There were rumors going around that Skem and Kuku might be banned from Chongqing Major. Those rumors have proven true, as Team Secret's Director confirmed on Twitter that the players have indeed been banned.
The ban and the involvement of the local government was also confirmed by Jack 'KBBQ' Chen.
But Kyle "Beef" Bautista, the COO and General Manager of Complexity has siad otherwise. He said that they were never asked by anyone to kick Skem. He also said that no one in their "official capacity" said informed them about anything, let alone that Skem would be barred.
But Cyborgmatt tweeted that CoL removed Skem before they were asked to, and they had contacted Valve and Perfect World earlier.
Many, including the Dota 2 caster Godz, are wondering if Valve will indeed get involved.
Bulldog also had something to say.
Following the news and Bulldog's Tweet, there have been massive community uproars against their bans and many have even requested Valve to move TI9 out of Shanghai.
The last time there was government intervention, it was during the Galaxy Battles in the Philippines. According to various reports, the players were not pleased about requiring players to undergo drug test and Valve called this a breach of privacy. The Major status was rescinded from the tournament and it was removed from the DPC.
Nahaz made a point on Twitter about how allowing organizers to ban players at their own discretion can lead to a "slippery slope".
But despite fans of the game and international community wanting Valve's intervention, Cyborgmatt has tweeted that the Chongqing Major will go forward as of this moment "against many team's wishes".
Godz has also noted that previous racial slurs by players have gone unpunished by Valve.
This might not be the only problem for these teams or the players. The TI9 is to be hosted in Shanghai, and that could also prove to be a problem for these players. But it is still improbable that Valve will do anything to earn the ire of the Chinese community, since China is one of the biggest markets for Dota 2. Recently China has also shied away from giving new gaming licenses and will also limit the number of online games available in the country.
While we know Valve wouldn't want to risk having Dota 2 being one of them, right now, we can only wait.