World-Class DOTA2 Team Newbee Banned Over Alleged Match Fixing

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Newbee, a Chinese DOTA2 organization who won the 2014 DOTA2 International and is a founding member of the Chinese Dota Association (CDA), has been banned indefinitely from participating in any CDA events due to alleged match fixing.


As reported by VPEsports, the CDA has presented its evidence to Valve and Perfect World. A translation of the CDA’s statement on its official Weibo account reads, “On May 12, 2020, the CDA Alliance received a report that the DOTA2 branch of the Newbee e-sports club participated in and profited from unfair competition.” ImbaTV, which organizes Chinese DOTA2 events, also released a statement on Weibo prohibiting the team from participating in its events.

Several members of the team also received lifetime bans from CDA and ImbaTV events. These members are Xu “Moogy” Han, Yin “Aq” Rui, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Yan “Waixi” Chao, and Zeng “Faith” Hongda.

Newbee has denied the allegations and plans to file an appeal, noting that they are conducting their own internal investigation.

It is unknown at this time if Valve will take any additional action. We’ve reached out to Valve for comment.

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Seoul Sister

Really disappointed in this, Faith has been the quintessential selfless support for almost a decade, won TI2 with IG, really hope he wasn’t involved.

That said, xiao8 was casting the game for the Chinese audience and pretty much called it in the moment as obvious match fixing, so that doesn’t look good