Racism in Dota 2 is something that has plagued the game for a very long time and it doesn’t just come from your average players, but sometimes even from Dota 2 pros. Now, allegations of racism have sparked controversy in the Dota 2 community and it involves an extremely well-known pro. Ceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeb!
Virtus.Pro’s Alexei “Solo” Berezin has threatened to boycot the upcoming Epicenter Major (The last major of the DPC season) and has drawn a line in the sand. Mr Berezin reportedly wants Valve to condemn the comments of OG’s Ceb, also known as Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs.
So what happened? Well, in a public match, Ceb went off on Russian players who were apparently ruining a match. Screenshots were taken by players in the match and posted to Reddit, where Ceb said things like “Russian whores”, that they would “sell their mother for MMR” and even called them “animals from Russia”.
Virtus.Pro’s Solo, who is a Russian pro, shared his feelings about Ceb’s comments in a post, calling on Valve to take action.
Then, Ceb apologized for for his choice of words in a Reddit post, explaining that he wasn’t generalizing Russian people, but instead pointing towards two toxic players who were both Russian. However, Ceb did admit that he set a “very poor example” for others. Read Ceb’s full response below.
At the time of writing, Valve has not officially responded to the incident. It remains to be seen what will happen with the Epicenter Major just one month away and if action will be taken against Ceb and his squad, OG, as they fight for an invite to The International 2019.
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