We all thought that the drama that had happened with “Kuku” and the Chinese community had been a piece of old news. However, It has just come back to light with the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) international tournament. The competition will take place during the first week of March in Chongqing.
Lack of respect
The lack of respect of “Kuku” towards the Chinese players in a public game was quite unfortunate. The controversy gave a lot to talk about for weeks. The Chinese community was so much offended by him that they banned the Filipino player from participating in the Chongqing Major with his team, TNC. The government banned him from entering the country, alleging a security risk.
Valve even had to intervene through an official statement to calm the waters. Though that did not prevent “Kuku” from missing the Chongqing Major. At the time, many commentators, analysts, and personalities of Dota 2 manifested their support to the player. Apparently an inordinate measure at that time by enthusiasts of Dota 2, however now it seems logical. Since the punishment seems not to have been enough for the Chinese community.
WESG Haunts TNC & Kuku
WESG will be taking place in Chongqing this year. After consulting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security of Chongqing, the player is still banned from entering the city.
Valve has also expressed itself in this regard, saying that personally, they are not supporting the fact that “Kuku” can not participate in the WESG. But Valve can’t do anything about it since the WESG doesn’t fall into the official DPC. The player was already fined and expelled from Chongqing Major. This is the first time that “Kuku” did something like this throughout his career as a professional player of Dota 2. The previous punishment should have been enough for the player. But unfortunately for TNC, the WESG is taking place in the same place as the Major of Chongqing.
A light of hope
There is some light at the end of the tunnel. With the controversy surrounding this case again on the table, there has been increasing concern about whether “Kuku” could attend The International 9 that is being held in China for the first time. Valve has been in charge of confirming that there will be no problem with the player and his entry into Shanghai for the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. So both TNC and “Kuku” must turn the page and feel relieved by such good news.
In 2018 December, “Kuku” from TNC Pro Team made some racist comments directed at Chinese players. The player and the organization both apologized. TnC even fined Kuku, however, it was not enough and at the end, Kuku was banned. Seeing the rude attitude of the Chinese months after the controversy left us wondering that things could really spice up at TI9.