Steven R. January 3, 2021
One of Dota 2’s most credentialed organizations has been permanently banned from the game.
Wykrhm Reddy announced that Newbee and its 2020 roster have been given a permanent ban from any Valve-sponsored events. This functionally ends Newbee’s existence in Dota 2, and the careers of the players that were attached to its roster in May. Newbee’s lineup at the time included the following players:
- Xu “Moogy” Han
- Yin “Aq” Rui
- Wen “Wizard” Lipeng
- Yan “Waixi” Chao
- Zeng “Faith” Hongda
Newbee was previously one of Dota 2’s most successful teams. The brand is best known for winning The International 2014 with a superstar team that notably included current player Faith. It nearly became the first organization to win two The International championships just three years later when it reached the grand finals of The International 2017.
A look back on Newbee’s controversies:
Why is Newbee banned from Dota 2?
Newbee’s ban comes several months after alleged Dota 2 match-fixing by the organization. The team was accused of playing a fixed match against Avengerls during the qualifiers of the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor Season 3. Former Newbee captain Zhang “xiao8” Ning publicly suggested the match was rigged by the teams, with many others agreeing.
Action wasn’t immediately taken, but a few months later, Newbee and its five players were given a ban for match-fixing by the CDA, an association of Chinese esports companies. This opened up a number of simmering suspicions of misdeeds against Newbee, particularly with a Chinese betting site