A season in the abyss for DPC CN
Valve has been taking reports of cheating in the Dota scene very seriously in these past weeks. Following their announcement against cheaters, which resulted in a massive ban hammer against 40.000 Dota accounts, Valve and the Chinese organiser, Perfect World, are now taking decisive action against a number of Chinese professional players.
Valve and Perfect World have published a joint statement prohibiting numerous players from competing in the Dota Pro Circuit for ‘interfering with fair competition’. According to the official statement, there are 46 players in the statement, including popular names in DPC China such as Hiew Teck “Alacrity” Yoong, Li “Xiayou” Xianyou, Su “Flyby” Lei and Chong “Feliciaoba” Wei Lun.
Although no specific reason was provided in the official statement, the Chinese Dota 2 professional scene has been plagued with match manipulation for years, even at the highest levels. Audiences also quickly spotted names from Knights and Ehome in the list. Both of them have been accused of match fixing in the recent Lima Major group stage games, such as the game between team Knights and Geek Slate in matchday 2 of group B.
Twenty one players are set to receive lifetime ban including the whole Knights team, which was renamed as Antarctic Penguins. This means those players will never be able to participate in another Valve or Perfect World competition anymore. The other thirteen players, mainly from Ehome, were punished with two years ban while the rest were sentenced to one year ban.
With the bans and penalties are taking effect today, the relegated teams from DPC CN Winter Tour Division 1 – Aster Aries and Dawn Gaming – will move to 5th and 6th while Xtreme Gaming and Invictus are going to take Knights and Ehome place in third and fourth.