Formed in June 2019, the Singaporean organization, Reality Rift are putting on hold their Dota 2 activity citing logistic problems emerged from the coronavirus pandemic and Valve’s “low effort” management business model for the professional scene.
The announcement was made by the Reality Rift CEO, mister Ilya Vlasov, who wrote a lengthy letter to the community explaining the reasons behind the decision.
According to Vlasov, the team was formed with the main objective of reaching top 12 in the worldwide rankings and gathered players under the RR banners based on the core principles of the “hard and smart work of like-minded people.” But despite the constant progress made through the last several months, the coronavirus pandemic forced the Reality Rift players and management to face new challenges.
With the organization being based in Singapore, the bootcamp and the team house located in Malaysia, while the players are from different countries from the SEA region, the travel bans imposed by the pandemic made everything much more complicated when it came down to proper training through the last several months.
Another reason cited by Vlasov is the “quality of esports scene management by Valve”, which he describes as “ low-effort” from the game developer. “
“The only thing that saves the whole scene from collapsing, is the fact that Dota2 is a great game, that people love (and hate sometimes),” said Reality Rift CEO in his letter, explaining on what kind of budget pressure his organization has been since Valve canceled the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit and postponed The International 10 to an indefinite date. With the recent announcement from Valve that throws even more uncertainty on when the next Dota Pro Circuit season might begin, Reality Rift decided to shut down the team, hoping to reopen the doors in 2021.
Lee “kYxY” Kong Yang and Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih ended their contractual agreements with Reality Rift on September 1st and are free to look for new opportunities, while Vincent “AlaCrity” Yoong and Ravdan “Hustla” Narmandakh are still under contract with RR and were placed in the inactive roster, but the organization is “open to talk any potential opportunities for them”