Chinese esports organization "Newbee Esports" banned indefinitely from all Chinese Dota 2 events for match-fixing

Author

SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)

Date

May, 15.2020

Newbee is a Chinese esports organization, which has a Dota 2 division and formerly ones in League of Legends and Hearthstone. Newbee won The International 2014, taking $5 million in prize money, setting a Guinness World Record for the greatest prize money in an esports competition at the time is a Chinese esports organization, which has a Dota 2 division and formerly ones in League of Legends and Hearthstone. Newbee won The International 2014, taking $5 million in prize money, setting a Guinness World Record for the greatest prize money in an esports competition at the time. So, Newbee are without a doubt one of the most recognizable Chinese teams on the Dota 2 scene.

The team was not doing well according to their current records. Their most recent success was a second place in the ESL One Los Angeles Online – China where they lost in the finals against RNG. Despite the lack of results, the team has been a vital part of the healthy Chinese pro scene and took part in most of the leagues the region has to offer. 

The entire Newbee roster was banned from participating in any of the Chinese events and also,the CDA (Chinese Dota Professional Association) removed the organisation for being involved in the match-fixing on tier 1 events such as DPL-CDA and Imba Pro league very recently. This means that, the organisation as a whole and all of the active and inactive players will not be able to participate in any of the events. 

One of the famous Chinese Dota 2 legends, Zhang "xiao8" Ning, was watching the game and commented that he’ll “eat s*** if this match isn’t fixed”. Things have surely gone the right way for xiao8 as he was right all along.

After finding enough evidence to confirm the suspicions CDA issued the following sanctions:

  1. Revoking Newbee’s right to participate in any tournament hosted by CDA or Dota 2 Professional League China (DPL).
  2. Manager Feng “Feng” Yiqing is banned from working in any esports-related capacity in all CDA teams.
  3. The players Xu “Moogy” Han, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Yan “Waixi” Chao, Yin “Aq” Rui and Zeng “Faith” Hongda have been banned for life from all Dota 2 competitions by CDA, imbaTV and DPL.
  4. As Newbee as organisation has failed to uphold the standards for CDA members they are excluded from the CDA.
  5. Lai “Fonte” Xingyu has not been linked to any of the accusations and is declared innocent of the fixed matches before he joined Newbee’s roster.

Valve and Perfect World have also been notified of the violation and both should soon make a statement. As for the team itself, Newbee are maintaining radio silence. Whether Valve will add an additional ban to complete it all remains to be seen. It’s a shame that Newbee fell from being TI champions to being banned as a result of a match-fixing scandal. Needless to say, Chinese fans will be furious, especially the ones who supported Newbee