Tomorrow, November 25, TNC Predator are expected to play in the Southeast Asia regional qualifiers for the second Major of the season. But, following a racist comment addressed to the Chinese people made three weeks ago in a public Dota2 match by their offlaner, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, TNC might be forced to find a replacement if they wish to participate at the Chongqing Major.
Allegedly, the Chongqing municipal government in China asked for Kuku to be banned from the Major. There are in fact two players targeted by the said ban, as the former compLexity Gaming carry Andrei “Skem”‘Gabriel Ong is in the same situation, however, he is currently teamless after coL chose to bench him a few days after he’s made the same racist comment as Kuku.
Also makes you wonder if this had anything to do with coL releasing skem from their team 🤔 (I see you liking this @TheEsportsChef )
— David Parker | Godz (@BTSGoDz) November 24, 2018
it's not a rumor, the municipal government met to discuss after outrage and anger grew over what people in China felt was an inadequate or delayed response and reportedly came to the organizer saying: "this event cannot have these two players"
— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) November 24, 2018
Skem’s former teammate at coL, Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao has also confirmed on Twitter today that both players are very likely to be banned.
It’s not a rumour. Skem n Kuku are most likely going to get banned. Personally don’t feel like they deserve such a harsh punishment if they don’t have malicious intent in what they have said
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) November 24, 2018
In the meantime, StarLadder and ImbaTV, the two organizers of the Chongqing Major haven’t issued any official comment regarding the situation. And although this incident looks like it can escalate into a possible career ending event for these two players, Valve didn’t make any announcement since their last blog post which hasn’t really offered any closure to this particular case.
On November 11, Valve issued a few words on this matter asking any professional team to “hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly”. In the same blog post, Valve have also mentioned that they “will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form,” but how it might impact Kuku and Skem in this particular case, it’s still a puzzle for the community to solve for now.
In 2019, Valve’s The International will be held in Shanghai, China, which for obvious reasons, made this particular racist incident attract so much attention. Kuku and Skem are not the first Dota 2 players to have ever made a racist comment. Only this year, Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov and Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang were fined by their organizations for making the same mistake. However, neither M_C nor iceiceice faced dire consequences.
Today is most likely to set a precedent for how Dota 2 professional players might be penalized from now on when crossing a certain line with their remarks, in either public or official matches. Sources told to VPEsports that it’s very likely that today either the Chongqing Major organizers or Valve will issues an official statement, so stay tuned for more updates.