In case you missed it, here is a recap of all that went down.
The recent issue with Kuku and the ChongQing Major made waves not only throughout the Dota 2 community, but the whole gaming community. It ended with Valve banning Kuku, which majority of the community feels was a bit extreme. Let’s have a look at how the events unfolded:
It all started in early November when Skem, who was playing for Complexity Gaming back then, used the racist remark in an official match. It happened at the start of the game and was against team Royal Never Give Up from China in the DreamLeague Minor. A few hours later, a Reddit post was made showing Kuku using the same slur during a pub match against the Chinese.
Skem immediately apologized after the incident, and so did Complexity Gaming. Team Complexity's (now ex) captain, Eternal Envy defended Skem. On the other hand, Kuku apologized on his Facebook account, but TNC did not immediately respond.
Shortly after, a Weibo account claiming to be Kuku posted a "different version" of the story. The account alleged that a person on the opposing team was using the slur as their in-game name, and hence Kuku used it. Later, it was found through Steam logs that the name was changed only after the match and the controversy blew up even more.
A few days after the incident, TNC’s manager Paulo Sy confessed through Facebook, naming himself as the person behind the post on Weibo.
Valve’s email to Burning:
In a move out the blue, Valve Executive Erik Johnson apparently initiated a conversation with Chinese Dota 2 legend Burning over email.
Complexity’s roster falls apart:
Just a day after the previous incident which further irked the Chinese community, Complexity benched Skem from their roster. EternalEnvy and Sneyking voluntarily left the team.
The Main Event:
For almost week after the incident, there were no new reports. Everything seemed to have died down. But caster Grant Harris tweeted about a rumor saying that Skem and Kuku were banned from the ChongQing Major. It was confirmed by Team Secret’s Managing Director Matthew “CyborgMatt” Bailey, who went a step further and said that CoL and TNC were both contacted prior to the event and were asked to kick the players. Jack KBBQ Chen said that it was the local ChongQing government who decided that the event could not have the two players.
CoL’s Boss, Kyle “Beef” Bautista, denied that they were contacted by anyone, but CyborgMatt went on to refute his claims.
Later, in a piece written by Redeye for Luckbox, he claimed that he had seen with his “own two eyes” that the teams were indeed contacted and asked to remove the players from their rosters by the local government.
This kicked in a series of events. Nahaz and Redeye pointed out that it was due to the leadership vacuum in Dota 2 and Valve’s hands-off approach was in part to blame for this escalation. They also pointed out the need to have set rules and a code of conduct. Many of the Dota 2 Casters and talent publicly boycotted the event, saying they would not attend it.
TNC issues a public apology:
TNC publicly apologized for Kuku’s behavior and revealed that they would be punishing him. They said that 50% of his earnings from the tournament would be given to a Chinese anti-racism organization.
TNC reveals additional details about the Major
TNC made a post saying that the organizers have informed that Kuku isn’t banned. But the organizers also said that should he attend, the tournament could be cancelled by the local authorities and they may not be able to guarantee Kuku’s safety.
TNC later that day publicly revealed their conversation with Valve and ImbaTV as well.
The Ban Hammer falls:
The Ban Hammer finally fell. Valve released a statement where they said that TNC did not handle the situation well. They also said that they encouraged the team to take appropriate action and solve the matter internally. Yet, even though TNC had already done that, Kuku was banned.
In the aftermath of the incident, many of the Dota 2 personalities appreciated Valve for stepping in, and some took a dig at them.
TNC decided to abide by their decision. They also announced that their manager has been replaced. Some dejected fans also tried to bring rOTK’s racist comments against the Filipino’s into the light, which he later apologized for.
As of now, Vici Gaming, the team for which rOTK coaches, has not announced if they have taken any appropriate action regarding the racist remarks or solved the matter internally.
They, however, issued a statement regarding rOTK's recent controversy. After his regular stream on DouyuTV, rOTK forgot to turn his stream off and went on about ranting against PSG.LGD after they lost to Na'Vi at the Megafon Winter Clash. Vici Gaming issued an official statement regarding the matter on their Facebook page, informing the community that they had penalized rOTK.