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!
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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.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#ffc433″ class=”” size=”25″] You simply can’t say these things no matter what caused them. I am proud to be Russian and your words leave me speechless. You’re not some young player who can do careless stuff because he might not understand the consequences.
You’ve been in this game since the very start, you’ve earned a lot of respect and it makes the situation even worse. If the best players in the world do those things, what do we expect from our community? Kuku made his mistake and was banned for a far less insulting stuff, so if we really want to get rid of this racist shit in our game, I think it’s time for Valve to act. I was on vacation when Mind Control pulled his Hitler shit last year and did not react properly, so now we have another example. I’ve done my mistakes in the past and took my punishment, but kept loyal to the game.
I think I’ve earned the right to speak on behalf of our community and demand justice. Otherwise it’s all hypocrisy and double standards. I won’t be participating at the upcoming Epicenter Major that will be played in my home country unless Valve openly speaks about this case and ensures consistency and transparency when it comes to treating racism in our game. [/perfectpullquote]
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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