Newbee players were charged with match-fixing in May 2020, and ImbaTV and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association banned the team (CDA). It meant that the team would not be able to compete in any domestic tournaments, but they would still be able to compete in Valve-organized tournaments, so they thought.
The official Weibo account of Dota 2 released a statement earlier today that former members of the squad, Xu “Moogy” Han, Yin “Aq” Rui, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Yan “Waixi” Chao, and TI2 champion Zeng “Faith” Hongda, are permanently prohibited from partaking in the Valve and Perfect World events, effective immediately.
Newbee Removed from CDA
In an earlier CDA statement in May 2020, the organization claimed that it sent “relevant proof of Newbee’s match-fixing to Perfect World and Valve.” Newbee was also excluded from the CDA’s member charter due to management deficiencies and violating the CDA’s core values.
Perfect World is Dota 2’s official distributor in the Chinese region, meaning that after the recent announcement, the players will not be welcomed by almost all major global and domestic competitions.
While TI7 runner-up Moogy and TI2 Champion Faith have been inactive since their first ban in May 2020, the three remaining players, Aq, Wizard, and Waixi, have been competing with a new squad, Ink Ice, since leaving Newbee in August 2020.
With this ban, in the upcoming DPC season that will begin on Jan. 18, these five players will not be able to compete. As former Newbee players are now out for good, the two remaining Ink Ice members, Lai Jay ‘Ahjit’ Son and Reploid, will need to fill their squad with fresh members.
In February 2020, when the former Newbee squad played against Avengerls during the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor, the first allegations of match-fixing came up.
Former team captain and TI winner Zhang “xiao8” Ning even raised his concern on his stream, saying that something shady was definitely happening.
In the midst of the initial charges, Newbee tried to defend themselves with a statement saying that during the pandemic, the organization’s level of communication with the squad had dropped, and they were only getting updates from the manager of the team.
However, the organization did not release any statements about its recent ban.
ImbaTV and CDA also banned manager Feng in May 2020, but he was not included in Perfect World and Valve’s public statement that was published today.