Newbee, one of the eight founding organizations of Chinese DOTA2 Professional Association(CDA) have received a lifetime ban from CDA and IMBA. The punishment stays in place for the organization, all its main team players and the team leader Feng Yiqing, who have been under investigation for match fixing.
In an official report filed today, May 15, 2020 by CDA, it is stated that “relevant evidence was synchronized with all the parties and has been submitted to Valve and Perfect World.”
According to the same report from CDA, the youth squad of Newbee, Newbee.young has left the organization and no longer has any contractual ties with the club. The players are currently using multiple accounts without real-name authentication to participate in online events.
IMBA TV made a separate announcement stating that after “multiple verifications,” they decided to ban the club from any tournaments organized by Imba Media.
“Imba Media resolutely cracks down on all actions that violate the spirit of e-sports, and resolutely maintains a fair and just competitive environment. The original intention of holding the DOTA2 series league is to help the Chinese DOTA2 team and players to better practice themselves, improve the level and improve the overall strength of CNDOTA2, rather than provide a hotbed for unfair competition! I hope that all participating clubs can take this as a warning, strengthen the management of players and teams, and resolutely resist unfair competitions such as fake matches,” the organization commented.
Newbee banned players from CDA and Imba events:
- Xu “Moogy” Han
- Yin “Aq” Rui
- Wen “Wizard” Lipeng
- Yan “Waixi” Chao
- Zeng “Faith” Hongda
At the same time, Newbee made an official statement denying all accusations and expressed their intention to file an appeal.
“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 file an appeal for the penalty of the CDA alliance regarding the Newbee eSports club.”
Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, Team Aster, Royal Never Give Up, EHOME, Keen Gaming and Newbee united their efforts mid-March this year to create a Chinese league aimed at maintaining a competitive schedule and to provide a platform for the Chinese scene to keep the training session at a high level during the coronavirus pandemic. The first season of CDA League concluded on April 19 with Newbee placing fifth. For the next season, CDA Leagued merged with Mars Media, DPL league and the season is currently in its third week of matches.