The plot thickens
Newbee’s response to the match-fixing accusations
Newbee were accused and banned from Chinese Dota 2 events due to match-fixing. The team will now appeal the penalty.
The Chinese organization Newbee is quite popular in the Dota 2 scene. Once champions in The International 2014, the team was well respected until a very recent drama involving match fixing. Both ImbaTV (an event organizer in China) and the CDA (China Dota 2 Professional Associaton) have banned the team from participating in any of their events. We’ve already covered the topic in a previous piece and we’ll now focus on Newbee’s response.
As it’s now clear the match in question took place over two months ago and even to the average viewer it was more than fishy. Many pro players among which Zhang "xiao8" Ning were certain that it involved some form of match-fixing. The only place where Newbee made an official statement was the Chinese social platform Weibo.
recently received the CDA alliance to investigate the fake match of our club's DOTA2 branch and today the alliance made a penalty notice. We express our understanding and respect for the CDA alliance's decision. However, since the establishment of the Newbee eSports club, it has never participated in any fake matches and gambling activities with the club or branch as the main body. We will appeal the penalty of the CDA alliance regarding the Newbee eSports club
(translated with Google)
about the Newbee.Y team announcement.
After internal verification, the original Newbee e-sports club DOTA2 youth team Newbee.Y team has actually been separated from the control of Newbee e-sports club. All their actions will not represent Newbee e-sports club, Newbee e-sports. The club will also reserve the right to pursue the team's infringement.
At present, the players of the Newbee.Y team have not competed with Newbee eSports
(translated with Google)
Newbee claim they’re innocent and that the club has never participated in fake matches and gambling. That’d be good news for all the fans, but on the other hand, ImbaTV and CDA were very quick to ban them. This led many to believe that the evidence was quite conclusive as it wasn’t open for discussion. Newbee.Y have been separated from the main organization and their actions don’t represent Newbee directly. That’s a very lucky coincidence in the current moment as it would allow that secondary roster to completely dodge the allegations.
There’s no doubt that Chinese fans and player will get to the bottom of this mystery so it’s only a matter of time. Stay tuned for more Dota 2 updates and make sure to check out EarlyGame for even more news and videos.