While Dota 2 fans are all enjoying the awesome Kuala Lumpur Major which is already in the playoffs phase right now, something disgusting has been brewing in the Dota 2 pro scene. Specifically, racist taunts by Dota 2 pros seem to be on the rise, especially against Chinese players. Now, Valve has decided to step in and take a stance against this type of behaviour.
These incidents of racist taunts by Dota 2 pros have even led to review bombing of the game on Steam, which comments noting these incidents. Two recent incidents have been outlined on Reddit where top pros playing against Chinese opponents said “GL ChingChong”. First up, we have the 17-year-old compLexity Gaming player, Andrei “skem” Ong, who used this racist taunt during DreamLeague. The organization stepped in and punished the player for his action earlier this month. Then, Carlo “Kuku” Palad from TNC Pro Team also used the same racist taunt in a public match.
Some gamers, even pros, taunt their opponents to get inside their heads. However, it is never okay, under any circumstances, to start throwing racist taunts at others. Things have gotten so bad and the Chinese community is in an uproar. That’s why Valve as stepped in and laid down the law in a lengthy blog post. Valve explains that:
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.
Valve further explained that the language used by multiple players over the past week has caused some of their fans a lot of pain. No matter what, we should always be respectful of other players and if you ask me, they should start handing out bans, even to pro players, who persist with actions such as this.
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