Newbee Banned from Chinese Dota 2 Events

by in Dota 2 | May, 15th 2020

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Chinese organization Newbee — perhaps best known as the team that had won The International in 2014 — has just been handed a lifetime ban from competing in Dota 2 because of serious allegations regarding match-fixing.

No More for Newbee

Newbee has recently been competing in the second season of the China Dota 2 Professional League and has accrued an abysmal 2W-14L record. As they continued dropping games suspiciously, eyebrows began to rise. Event organizer ImbaTV and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association began an investigation and have concluded that these accusations were justified and issued an immediate lifetime ban.

Manager Feng “feng” Yiqing, along with the entire Newbee line-up (Xu “Moogy” Han, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Zeng “Faith” Hongda, Yin “Aq” Rui, and Yan “Waixi” Chao), have been banned indefinitely from all events organized by ImbaTV.

As expected, Newbee issued an official response, denying all accusations. They will file an appeal but only as an organization, meaning that their star-studded line-up probably won’t be able to clear their names — on the off chance they’re innocent, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

2020 hasn’t been a good year for competitive Dota 2, that’s for sure. With the ONE Esports Singapore Major being canceled mere days ago, the 2019/2020 DPC season has officially concluded. Fortunately, Valve has ambitious plans for 2021 and will completely alter the DPC format. Hopefully, they’ll be able to deliver on a more consistent seasonal structure, much like what Riot Games and Blizzard have accomplished with their respective titles.

In any case, it’s highly commendable seeing ImbaTV and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association reacting in such a quick fashion. They need to set an example, and Newbee was not trying too hard to conceal their wrongdoing. Seeing so many veterans (some of whom were still held in high regard up to this point) opt for such an egregious fraud is repulsive, to say the least.

As always, we’ll keep you updated as the situation further develops.


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