Valve orders Dota 2 teams to issue 'strong punishments' to players using racist language

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Valve has warned Dota 2 teams to issue "strong punishments" to any players using racist language.

In recent weeks both compLexity's Skemberlu and TNC Predator's Kuku have been at the centre controversies after allegedly using terms offensive towards Chinese opponents. They are, of course, not the first players to be accused of using discrimination and the problem is not confined to Dota.

With the first Major of the new Dota 2 season under way in Kuala Lumpur, Valve released a statement, ordering teams to take action against any players who "damage" the community.

Valve said: "We’ve been spending the past few days talking to various pro players and community leaders about this. From all the interactions we’ve seen over the years, we know that deep down professional players respect each other immensely.

"However, we want to be very clear that Valve will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form. We think it is really damaging to the entire Dota community whenever even a single professional player uses discriminatory language.

"It pits fans against each other, belittles and demeans entire groups and makes them feel like they are not as important. Going forward, we expect all teams who participate in our tournaments to hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly.

"We hope that players and the community around the world will become better educated and more respectful as a result of the recent incidents.

"We think the communities everywhere around the world want the same things: for our favorite players and teams to do well, and for a great display of Dota.

"With the group stages over and the playoffs about to begin, we want to wish good luck to all the teams participating. Let’s enjoy some Dota together."

James McMathMedia manager at Luckbox.

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