Valve permabans match-fixing esports club and five Dota 2 pros, including a former winner of The International

In May 2020 the Chinese esports organisation Newbee, winner of 2014’s Dota 2 International, was implicated in a Dota 2 match-fixing scandal. The incident took place during a match between Newbee and Avengerls in the Dota 2 Starladder ImbaTV League in February 2020, a minor event on Valve’s Dota Pro Circuit. 

A video of one of the games in question can be seen below: at the time, clips of this went viral and it was widely perceived as having been thrown, with retired Newbee player and International winner Zhang ‘Xiao8’ Ning commenting to the effect that “If Avengerls didn’t fix this match, I’ll eat shit.”


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