Dota 2’s developer, Valve, have reacted to the racist comments that have been swirling among professional players. With the Chinese community defying the company for failing to act, Valve have finally issued an official statement.
Valve’s Response to Racism in Video Games
The community has responded severely against the alleged “Ching Chong” racial slur directed at Chinese Dota 2 players. The case involves compLexity Gaming player Andrei “skem” Ong and TNC Predator Carlo “Kuku” Palad who reportedly also used a racial slur to describe a Royal Never Give Up member during DreamHack DreamLeague Season 10, a professional video gaming league, and one of the largest professional competitions.
The response by the community has been swift. Chinese community members have started withdrawing from the game and bombarding Valve’s product with negative reviews on the Internet. Meanwhile, community leaders and media have been trying to calm matters down by charting a possible way out of the predicament.
However, the controversy has been taken on a gameplay level with spats and unprofessional behavior driving a wedge in even the regular Dota 2 games, particularly those involving Chinese players and people from the region.
To contain the crisis, Valve have issued an official statement concerning professional behavior among salaried Dota 2 athletes. Dota 2’s Johan “n0tail” Sundstein appealed to the better nature of the community saying that players, possibly alluding to Ong, who have not wronged and repented couldn’t fully realize what their actions signified.
We have been made aware of an inappropriate comment by one of our players in today’s #coLDota #DreamLeague match. Complexity Gaming does not condone intolerance of any kind and the player will receive a formal reprimand, as well as a maximum fine.
— Complexity Gaming (@compLexity) November 1, 2018
However, Sundstein also noted that those who had had the courage to apologize deserve to be given another chance. Dota 2, he concluded, ought to be used as a positive force in the world.
Containing a Storm
A slightly different note came from Roman “Resolut1ion” Fominok who said that racism has no place anywhere in the world, let alone a Dota 2 game. Fominok said that he condemned racism and that all players should stand united against any such behavior.
Lastly, Peter “ppd” Dager, a known figure in the Dota 2 community commented that “racism is deplorable”, but while Skemberloo’s choice of words was poor, he still deserved a chance. However, Dager didn’t try to defend Skemberloo either, simply outlining that this case presents an opportunity for everyone involved to raise awareness about the issue and start working on a pressing problem.
Ong comes from a known Malaysian team by the name of Geek Fam who are taking a new approach towards building an esports community. With a recent spate of investment, Malaysia’s esports funds have reached $5 million just last month.
Circling back to the issue at hand, Valve already has an official response to the issue, condemning the behavior and outlining their expectations for the future.
Going forward, we expect all teams who participate 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 cautioned that using a racial slur against anyone ruins the experience for the community and is not something that they would ever endorse. As a result, the company expects no such incidents to occur on the highest level. As to Ong, he will have to be punished by compLexity or Valve will have to step in themselves.