In Might 2020, Newbee gamers were implicated of match-fixing, and the team was banned by ImbaTV and the Chinese Dota 2 Specialist Association (CDA). This meant that the team would be not able to contend in any domestic competitions, but they ‘d still have the ability to contend in tournaments organized by Valve– or so they thought.

Dota 2’s official Weibo account released a declaration earlier today saying the squad’s former members, Xu “Moogy” Han, Yin “Aq” Rui, Wen “Wizard” Lipeng, Yan “Waixi” Chao, and TI2 champ Zeng “Faith” Hongda, are permanently banned from taking part in Valve and Perfect World occasions, reliable right away.

In an earlier statement by CDA in May 2020, the company stated that it sent “pertinent evidence of Newbee’s match-fixing to Perfect World and Valve.” Newbee was also eliminated from CDA’s member charter due to management flaws and breaching CDA’s core worths.

Perfect World is Dota 2’s official supplier in the Chinese region, indicating that the gamers won’t be invited by nearly all major global and domestic competitions after the current announcement. Though the TI7 runner-up Moogy and TI2 champion Faith were inactive considering that their first restriction in May 2020, the remaining three players Aq, Wizard, and Waixi had actually been playing with a brand-new group, Ink Ice, ever since they left Newbee in August 2020.

With this restriction, these five gamers won’t have the ability to contend in the upcoming DPC season that’ll be starting on Jan. 18. The remaining 2 members of Ink Ice, Lai Jay “Ahjit” Kid and Reploid, will need to fill their team with brand-new members considering that former Newbee players are now out for excellent.

The first accusations of match-fixing came throughout February 2020, when the former Newbee team played against Avengerls during the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor. Former captain of the group and TI winner Zhang “xiao8” Ning even revealed his concerns on his stream, saying there was certainly something dubious going on.

In the middle of the initial allegations, Newbee tried to safeguard itself with a declaration saying that the company’s level of communication with the squad had actually dropped during the pandemic, and they were just getting updates from the group’s manager. The company didn’t release any statements regarding its current restriction, nevertheless.

ImbaTV and CDA likewise prohibited manager Feng in May 2020, but he wasn’t consisted of in Perfect World and Valve’s declaration that was released today.