Chongqing Government Officially Bans TNC Dota 2 Player from WESG Grand Final

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  Chongqing, China ministries have officially banned Dota 2 player Carlo “Kuku” Palad from attending the World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final.

  Valve previously banned Kuku from attending Dota 2 Chongqing Major for racist comments, but clarified that Kuku was not banned by the Chongqing government.

  A Valve employee stated that the Chongqing government communicated no official player ban in December, and the company does not expect a similar situation for ?The International Shanghai.

  On Feb. 13, Alisports? announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security in Chongqing, China has officially banned Filipino TNC Predator Dota 2 player Carlo “Kuku” Palad from attending its upcoming World Electronic Sports Games (WESG?) Grand Final from March 7-17. “This is the final decision,” stated Alisports. ?

  The 2018-2019 WESG Grand Final will be held in Chongqing with over $2.5M USD as the total prize pool. Dota 2? is one of the esports that will be played competitively ?from March 7-10, with a $890K total prize pool.

  In November of 2018, Kuku used the racist term “Ching Chong” (referring in particular to the Chinese community) during a public server game. This action resulted in a significant backlash from the Chinese esports industry and fans. Kuku claimed that the comment was in reference to a player’s nickname on an opposing team. It was later found that the player only changed his name after the incident occurred.

  In December of 2018, Valve? banned Kuku from attending the Dota 2 Chongqing Major and claimed that, contrary to published reports from various media outlets, he was not banned by the Chinese government. According to Valve, the esports organization TNC mishandled the situation on multiple occasions. In addition, TNC’s major sponsor JJB ended its sponsorship deal with the team.

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  After Alipsorts issued a statement on Twitter, a Valve employee under the name DanielJ posted an announcement on Reddit:

  “The information was provided to us at the time was that the local officials expressed significant concerns about security and the social media unrest, but there was no official player ban communicated to us and discussions were still open on ways to handle it or improve the situation. We weren’t as concerned about the safety aspect at the time, primarily because we’ve had experience working through a variety of concerns that local officials have had in the past, and there were ways to solve for these specific concerns. However we didn’t pursue those options because we ultimately felt that it was inappropriate for Kuku to attend given how the team tried to cover up the apology for Chongqing, but we don’t anticipate any problems for Shanghai.”

  On Nov. 8, 2018, Dota 2’s exclusive China distributor, Perfect World, announced that any player who makes racist comments in any of its hosted events would be disqualified, along with the player’s entire team. During that same month, Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam launched in China (as “Steam China”), following a signing ceremony attended by members of the Shanghai government and Perfect World. Weng Huitie, the vice mayor of Shanghai also announced The International 2019 Dota 2 tournament will be officially hosted at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.