After multiple allegations of match-fixing and being blacklisted by various tournament organizers like the Chinese Dota 2 Association (CDA) and ImbaTV, the organization of Newbee and all their five players have finally been banned from participating in all Valve events.
Newbee’s playing roster which has been banned includes the organization as well as the following players:
- Xu "Moogy" Han
- Yin "Aq" Rui
- Wen "Wizard" Lipeng
- Yan "Waixi" Chao
- Zeng "Faith" Hongda
Why Was Newbee Banned?
In February 2020, Newbee ran into a spot of trouble when they were alleged of match fixing after the game against Team Avengerls in Game 2 at Chinese qualifiers for the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3.
However, nothing much developed in this controversy for the next couple of months. But in May 2020, major Chinese organizations, ImbaTV and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association (CDA) made a statement regarding this matter.
CDA in a public statement stated that Newbee was no longer a part of the CDA Alliance and all of their five players, in addition to the organization’s Dota 2 division leader, Feng, were barred from participating in any of their tournaments for life, including the ongoing DPL-CDA S1
ImbaTV also stated that Newbee and all the five players were immediately disqualified from the ongoing China Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 and all other events held by the organization for life.
CDA mentioned that relevant evidence had been submitted to Valve and Perfect World.(Valve’s partner which operates Dota 2 in China)
Over the latter half of May, the players of Newbee denied the allegations stating that their players were coerced into making unfavorable statements by the CDA and demanded proof of the match fixing events. CDA denied the coercion charges and mentioned that they had submitted the evidence to Perfect World and Valve.
Finally, Valve has confirmed these allegations by banning them from all Valve tournaments which includes DPC tournaments as well as TIs.
Recently, some of their players teamed up to compete in a couple of Chinese tournaments, including the Perfect World Dota 2 League Season 3. which lead us to question if these players will be allowed by Valve to participate in the upcoming DPC season.
However, it looks like Valve has finally made a concrete decision on this matter.