Team Newbee banned from Dota 2 for “match fixing”

One of the strange things about betting on sporting events is that there’s no way to tell if the fix is in. Remember, if you will, Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction. Not to spoil the ending but what the boxer was supposed to do after stepping into the ring is radically different from how things end up playing out. Call it a classic case of a guaranteed payout that is anything but. And that brings us to team Newbee’s ban from Dota 2. The reason? That would be allegations of match fixing.

As bans go it’s a severe one. Following an in-depth investigation Newbee players Yin “Aq” Rui, Xu “Moogy” Han, Yan “Waixi” Chao, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, and Zeng “Faith” Hongda have been permanently banned from participating in all Valve events moving forward. Valve is the developer responsible for bringing the world Dota 2.

The reason given for the decision, spearheaded by the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association, was “match fixing”. The investigation was sparked by Newbee squaring off against Avengerls in minor qualifiers Dota 2 competition for StarLadder Imba TV.

The match had many moments that didn’t make sense to those watching. For example, one game saw Avengerls rocket out of the gates with what looked like an insurmountable advantage, only to completely collapse down the stretch.

For an idea of how big team Newbee’s ban from Dota 2 is, consider that Newbee has long been one of Dota 2 most high-profile success stories. Major accomplishments have included a second place finish in The International 7, and a first-place finish in The International 4.

No official reason for Newbee Dota 2 ban

There has been no official reason yet as to why Newbee and its players have been banned. There are a number of ways to fix a competition. The big one is to purposely lose a round or match. However there are other ways to affect outcomes, including manipulating things people bet on like kills or errors in a game.

Lest one think that Valve has singled out Newbee, team Avengerls and its players have received the same ban.

Newbee has denied the allegations and has threatened to take legal action.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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