TNC Predator says Chongqing Major could be cancelled if Kuku attends

Dota 2

The Chongqing Major could be cancelled if Kuku attends, according to the player's team, TNC Predator.

Kuku is at the centre of controversy after using an anti-Chinese racist phrase during an online match in November.

Kuku and former compLexity player Skem, who was also accused of a similar offence, were apparently told they would be banned from the Major, which is due to be held in China in January.

Kuku subsequently helped TNC Predator qualify to reach Chongqing and apologised. TNC said he would be fined some of his prize money and the money given to the Chinese community.

However, TNC said the team was "exploring all our options" after discussions with tournament organisers.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, TNC Predator said it had been told Kuku might not be able to enter China, that his safety could not be guaranteed and that the tournament could be cancelled should he attend.

However, TNC said: "The organisers also informed us that neither TNC nor Kuku is banned from attending the Major."

Valve's silence

Dota 2 publishers Valve have said very little on the incident, other than to order teams to discipline players accordingly. This hands-off approach has been criticised by some, including legendary broadcaster Paul Chaloner - AKA Redeye.

Writing in his regular column for Luckbox, Redeye said: "They have never wanted to be the governing body and the fruits of that are the vibrant community and third-party events we currently enjoy around the world. But I do think they could take a more active role in governing the scene, even if just a little.

For example, have a fully agreed set of rules for teams and players attending majors and TI. This isn’t that difficult to form and it gets buy in from the players and teams. They know where they stand in the event of mistakes or flagrant abuses of the rules or just refusing to have fair play, all of which are going to be very few and far between.

"Having a rule book which clearly says "no racism will be tolerated by professional players in any format of a Dota 2 game" is helpful to everyone. Having a section which clearly lays out the penalties for such offences is also helpful (even if it’s a little vague like some real-life laws).

"I’d even go further and run elections to appoint a Dota 2 Commissioner. Someone with real-world experience who loves the game and the esports scene and can act as a go between from the players/teams and Valve.

"Help improve conditions for players and teams attending official Valve sanctioned events and be the person people go to when problems come along. A strong voice in the midst of emotion-fuelled decisions made by third parties with nothing to lose."

James McMathMedia manager at Luckbox.