Newbee, one of China’s powerhouse Dota 2 teams and the winner of The International 4, has been banned from major Chinese Dota 2 competitions due to match-fixing.
Newbee, one of China’s powerhouse Dota 2 teams and the winner of The International 4, has been banned from major Chinese Dota 2 competitions due to match-fixing. All Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association affiliated leagues, including the CDA-DPL Professional League, verified the ban.
From May 20 onwards, team Newbee will no longer take part in IMBATV and MarsTV events. The CDA Professional DOTA 2 Club Union announced the details of the issue and the decision of Chinese Dota 2 associations on Weibo: “Due to the poor management of Newbee esports club, there is a serious deviation from the CDA alliance concept and no longer meets the admission criteria of CDA alliance members. From now on, Newbee esports club is no longer a member club of CDA alliance. From now on to May 20, the appeal period for this incident, the relevant personnel can appeal through the CDA alliance during the appeal period.”
The five Newbee players involved in match-fixing are Xu “Moogy” Han, Yin “Aq” Rui, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Yan “Waixi” Chao, and Zeng “Faith” Hongda. The CDA Professional DOTA 2 Club Union said that Wizard, Waixi, and Moogy are forbidden to participate in all Dota 2 events hosted by them. However, the association emphasized that Faith and Aq are banned for life. Newbiee’s current roster is now disqualified from DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1, the league they are currently competing in. The team has won one series in the tournament so far. Aside from the players, Newbee esports club Dota 2 division leader Feng “Feng” Yiqing is also banned from engaging in any esports-related work. CDA alliance members confirmed that they will refuse to hire him in the future. The ban applies to all Chinese tournaments for now. But, CDA alliance members already forwarded the report and further investigation to Valve. Regardless of the result, Newbee and its players will likely struggle to save their careers in professional Dota. While further investigation is being held, Newbee denied all accusations and filed an appeal.
The TI2 Champion “Faith” has been banned for life
The organization published its recent statement in a press release: “We express our understanding and respect for the CDA alliance’s decision. However, since the establishment of the Newbee eSports club, it has never participated in any fake matches and gambling activities with the club or branch as the main body. We will file an appeal for the penalty of the CDA alliance regarding the Newbee eSports club.”
The fixed games supposedly took place in China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1, run by ImbaTV and the CDA. Premier Chinese Dota sides like Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD also compete in these leagues. Newbee found poor results throughout both the China Dota 2 Pro League and DPL-CDA Professional League, prompting the tournament organizers to investigate. After evidence was found suggesting matches had been fixed for gambling benefits, Newbee were ejected from both leagues and handed lifetime bans from future events. Their remaining matches were cancelled, and their opponents were given automatic wins. Banned alongside the Newbee players is manager Feng, who allegedly played a major role in the scheme.
Together with that and according to the official report, Newbee.Young has been using several accounts with random names and they’ve played in various online events.
As a result, ImbaTV decided to ban them from any future tournaments that will be organized by them. Of course, being one of the biggest Chinese Dota 2 organizations, Newbee also released a statement. The statement basically denies all accusations, saying that they never took part in any match fixings. However, IMBATV has already sent a complaint to Valve. Which means we’ll have to wait and see what will happen. Valve has not taken kindly to match-fixers in the past, as evidenced by iBUYPOWER’s lifetime bans from CS:GO Majors.
We really hope that the entire situation is just one giant misunderstanding. Otherwise, it will be a shame to see one of the biggest names in Dota 2 banned. Sure, we understand that the world is going through tough times now, but this doesn’t mean you should break the rules.