Apparently, the long-rumored Kuku ban imposed by Chongqing’s local government is actually true.
According to a statement released to Russian games and esports news website, Cybersport.ru, the organizers of the third World Electronic Sports Games (WESG 2018) confirms that Kuku (whose real name is Carlo Palad), has reportedly been banned by the city government from entering for the tournament.
To quote the English translation of the official statement,
“Following requests to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security in Chongqing, we regret to inform you that Kuku is not allowed to enter Chongqing to participate in the WESG in accordance with the decision of the city government.
As the tournament organizer, WESG will follow the instructions of the local government. This is the final decision. ”
Unlike other Dota 2 tournaments, the World Electronic Sports Games requires participating teams to field lineups coming from the same nationality. TNC Pro Team, who sports an all-Filipino lineup, won the inaugural tournament back in 2017 over the all-Swedish Alliance. They skipped last year’s tournament to focus more on the Valve-backed DPC, but chose to return for this year because of the more relaxed schedule.
With the Kuku ban now official, TNC Pro Team find themselves in quite the predicament.
The Philippines-based team initially skipped ESL One Hamburg 2018 despite already qualifying to focus more on WESG 2018. But, given the current situation, their earlier decision seems to be all for naught. More importantly, with Valve choosing Shanghai to host The International 2019 in August, concerns about Kuku’s future within the team and as a professional Dota 2 player have suddenly become valid.
What Does the Official Kuku Ban Mean for Valve’s Previous Statement?
Late last year, Valve themselves banned Kuku from attending the Chongqing Major. In addition to this, Dota 2’s developers also imposed a hefty penalty for TNC Pro Team.
Valve’s decision came after Kuku’s racist comments in a public game caught the attention of the Dota 2 community. The slur directed to insult a Chinese player outraged majority of the Chinese playerbase. As a result, a number of Chinese Dota 2 players demanded for Valve to take action against Kuku. Although the Chinese community did eventually get what they want, Valve’s reasoning for the Kuku ban and penalty for TNC Pro Team back then was different.
According to Valve, they penalized TNC Pro Team for their “poor decision making” and for attempting to cover up the situation. They also mentioned in their official statement that the Chinese government imposed no such ban on Kuku.
As we now know, however, the ban is real. This then puts Valve’s previous statement in a bad light. At this moment, many are already starting to call out Valve for “lying” and ironically, for attempting to cover up the entire situation.
The company has yet to issue an official statement regarding the incident.
What do you think of the Kuku ban? Is it justified? More importantly, did Valve really attempt to cover up the situation? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.