Valve deliberately shielded itself from everything that is happening on the pro-scenes of Counter-Strike and Dota 2. Usually, the company throws money at major tournaments and from time to time distributes bans. However, over the past week, developers have already intervened three times in the affairs of players and teams. Let’s remember how Valve understood the problems of their cyber disciplines.
Valve can be caring
In 2013-2016, getting an invite to The International was the dream for professional players in Dota 2. A no less difficult test was waiting for them during an interview at the US Embassy, which resulted in them being given (or not) a visa to enter the country.
To their credit, Valve, the company did not leave cyber-sportsmen alone with the bureaucracy and, when necessary, helped players with documents. The most striking example would be Valve’s appeal to US senator Mary of Washington Cantwell to help with the visa process for Vladimir No[o]ne Minenko, Akbar SoNNeikO Butaeva, and Semen CeMaTheSlayeR Krivuli before The International 2015.
The company also negotiated with the US Embassy in China when EHOME and Chen Cty Tianyou had problems with visas. If the situation was utterly hopeless, then Valve allowed teams to make substitutions contrary to the rules.
Valve can be strict
The Shanghai Major 2016 is called the most disastrous tournament in 2016, but for most Dota 2 fans, it was remembered not by technical problems, but by the scandalous dismissal of James 2GD Harding. When IceFrog invited Harding to play the leading English-language broadcaster, he told him to “be himself.” The Briton understood these words literally, so he sometimes joked “that was on the edge of acceptable speech.”
The Shanghai tournament began with a lot of technical problems, and the games were held with multiple hours of delay. In such stressful conditions, another complaint about 2GD by the Chinese organizers was the last straw for Valve. Gabe Newell dismissed the host on the second day of the tournament, explaining this decision with a simple phrase: “James is an ass. We will no longer work with him. ” The scandal has long been discussed on Reddit after 2GD told its version of what happened.
With this story as an example, it becomes clear: Valve can be very strict and respond quickly if they need it.
Valve (does not) know how to be consistent
Valve’s attitude to the rules has always raised questions in the community. The most famous participant of fake matches – captain of Virtus.pro Aleksei Solo Berezin – never received any punishment from Valve and today he is still building a successful career in Dota 2. However, Brian SmAsH Sina, Braxton swag Pierce, and many other players were less fortunate – for similar violations they received permanent bans in official tournaments, and even the consolidated appeals of the community could not soften the company.
With cheaters, Valve is sometimes reinsured. So, the Swede Robin robiin Sjogren got a VAC-ban for using prohibited programs in The War Z. Because of this, he couldn’t play in official CS:GO tournaments for three years, until anti-cheat technical support finally got a handle on the situation.
Sometimes the logic of Valve’s actions is beyond any analysis. The company does not have a specific set of rules (as, for example, in Riot Games), so the management of Valve makes most decisions situationally. The racist scandals with Ivan MinD_ContRoL Borislavov and Carlo Kuku Palad emphasize this particularly well.
Valve can be principled
On January 4, 2018, Valve claimed the status of a major from Galaxy Battles II. The government of the Philippines, where the tournament was held, demanded to conduct drug testing among the participants of the championship. The company did not like it: in the opinion of its representatives, the need to disclose this kind of information to enter the country is unacceptable.
The fact is that in October 2017, eSports was officially recognized as a sports discipline in the Philippines. From that moment on, all professional players were obliged to follow the laws governing this area. One of them states that all athletes must obtain a license from the Department of Games and Entertainment, and it cannot be issued without the results of tests for narcotic substances.
As a result, Galaxy Battles II did take place, but with other participants – many previously announced teams refused to participate in the tournament without DPC points. At the same time, not a single player was caught in the use of prohibited substances – at least in public.
Sometimes Valve doesn’t even understand the players
With the increase in the number of regions on the professional scene, players have increasingly begun to doubt the validity of Valve’s actions. Before the start of the qualifiers for The Chongqing Major, many did not agree that North America deserved three slots in the tournament, but Valve did not comment on this.
During the qualifications, players paid attention to the Quina CC & C Callahan team, which performed in South America with one Brazilian and four Americans in the lineup. Oddly enough, Valve responded – the team, which received an invitation to the qualifiers, was deprived of the slot on the major. A few days later, the situation recurred in qualifying for a major: the Chinese Zeus Gaming was removed from the closed stage for Southeast Asia.
If the situation with Zeus Gaming affects only the fact that the organizers did not disqualify the team before, then the case with the CC & C roster looks like Valve’s attempt to shift responsibility from the tournament operator to the players. Perhaps no one would have noticed the wrong attitude to the teams from South America, if not for Peter’s outrage ppd Daguerre.
Another stone in the direction of the tournament operators working with Valve on the DPC championships threw Maurice KheZu Gutman. Captain Vega Squadron complained that PGL was too delayed in announcing invitations to the closed qualifiers to the Major.
The studio published the list a few hours later, but new questions also arose here. The lack of an invite for Vega was a surprise not only by KheZu but also by other professionals. It’s good that ppd has reconnected and pointed out Dota 2’s injustice. PGL expanded the list of participants to six and invited Gutman’s team. The number of slots for the region, of course, remained the same, but this time Europe could not complain – only she and China were given two places on the major.