Kuku later apologized on his personal Facebook account.
The Dota 2 scene is getting all the drama it needs. From Dendi vs Na’Vi to the DPC Season 2018-19, we now also have "racism" by professional players. In case you haven’t been following, Skem was the first one to come under fire.
Andrei “skem” Ong was playing for Complexity against the Chinese team Royal Never Give Up at the DreamLeague Season 10 when he typed “GL chingchong” in the all chat. GL is short for good luck, whereas chingchong is a mockery of the Chinese language.
The Chinese did not respond to it and went on to win the series 2-1. Later, Complexity and Skem both issued an apology on Twitter. The Complexity management said that he would be reprimanded and would receive maximum fine. Eternal Envy, on the other hand, defended him on Twitter.
Just a few hours after this incident, a post blew up on Reddit, which showed Kuku, who plays for TNC, using the same slang against a Chinese team during a pub match. Soon after the incident, Kuku posted an apology on his personal Facebook account. He said that he had an “obligation to be a role model for everyone, especially for the people looking up to me” and also promised that from now on he would “always be cautious with my actions and that this will not happen again.”
Soon after the incident, Dimitri “GodBlessMali” Vallett, Director of Events & Business Development at MarsMedia tweeted that “a Chinese team” had refused to practice with a team from Southeast Asia.
According to a post on Reddit, Kuku also reportedly made a Weibo account to apologize to his Chinese fans. In the post, he said that Tiny, against whom he used the “Chingchong” comment actually had the in-game name as “chingchong”. But it was pointed out by the Chinese fans that according to the Steam logs, the Tiny changed his name from Losing Streak to chingchong only after the post blew up on Reddit. Kuku has allegedly deleted his Weibo account since.