As we know, Kuku got banned by Valve in early December 2018. What’s more, a penalty of 20% DPC points was added to his team - TNC. The reason for all was the racist language aimed at Chinese players in a pub game. When the dust settled, and the ban was over, we all thought “that’s that.” Little did we know, the situation took a turn for the worse.
The Chongqing municipality issued a ban on Kuku to enter the city. Even though there is no excuse for his behavior, it’s still a little bit strange that this ban has been issued as a lot of time has passed. However, it seems like a racial insult is just a hard pill to swallow.
The events happening today are definitely not according to what Valve told us. The company was clear that there was no “real threat” for the SEA player. In the end, it turned out that they have no control over the issue and despite their statement, the Chinese government issued the ban.
Valve’s Current Response
Unlike the last time, decisions were made to step-in sooner. In the Reddit post issued just a few hours ago, they claim that “The information that was provided to us at the time was that the local officials expressed significant concerns about security and the social media unrest, but there was no official player ban communicated to us and discussions were still open on ways to handle it or improve the situation”.
The final words of the statement are regarding future issues. According to Valve, they do not anticipate any problems for the tournaments that will be held in Shanghai.
The saddest part of TNC is that they will be forced to play with yet another stand-in for the WESG. As we know, the tournament will take place in Chongqing. This all is a bit excessive. The player was fined, had to miss an entire Major and on top of that, he is banned from entering a whole city.
Even though Valve believes that there will be no issues for Shanghai, we have to remember that this years’ TI will be there. I truly hope that the situation will be resolved because Kuku is a great player and everyone makes mistakes.
It is clear that Valve does not have full control of this situation. As it was proven yet again, governments are the ones that have the final call.
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