Chinese Team Newbee Blacklisted from Chinese Tournaments for Matchfixing

Chinese Team Newbee Blacklisted from Chinese Tournaments for Matchfixing

Vignesh Raghuram
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Update:

Newbee and its players have since been banned from Valve events.

  • Newbee has been Blacklisted from Chinese Dota 2 competitions for matchfixing.
  • Chinese organizations ImbaTV and CDA have confirmed this on their social media handles and has banned the Newbee organization and the 5 Dota 2 players who took part in matchfixing.
  • The matchfix likely took place at the SL Minor Chinese Qualifiers.

Former TI champions, Chinese organisation Newbee has reportedly been blacklisted from all competitions in China including Tier 1 tournaments like the DPL-CDA Professional League and Imba Pro League for matchfixing.

This was revealed by Kyle "Kyle" Freedman in a Tweet made earlier today.

Chinese Team Newbee Blacklisted from Chinese Tournaments for Matchfixing

Kyle added that this was likely in response to their match against Avengers in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Qualifiers.

Both ImbaTV and Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association (CDA) have issued statements confirming the same.

Chinese Team Newbee Blacklisted from Chinese Tournaments for Matchfixing

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Summary of the statements:

  • Newbee is no longer a member of the CDA and will be prohibited from playing in tournaments hosted by CDA and the Dota 2 Professional League (DPL).

  • All 5 players who were playing in the team during the match-fixing incident will also be banned.

  • The evidence that lead to these bans have been shared with Valve.

Newbee’s playing roster at the time of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Qualifiers featured:

  • Xu "Moogy" Han
  • Yin "Aq" Rui
  • Wen "Wizard" Lipeng
  • Yan "Waixi" Chao
  • Zeng "Faith" Hongda

The Newbee organization won the International 4 and placed second in the International 7. One of their players, Faith won the International 2 under the Invictus Gaming banner.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.


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