With $10 million in rewards waiting at this year’s DOTA 2 championship, The International, professional teams are working around the clock forming, practicing, and perfecting their competitive strategies. Specialized battle plans were, as with all groups, Team DK’s best ticket to the prize, fame, and glory. Until Chinese eSports company Gamefy entered DK’s private room, that is, and publicly broadcasted their strategy to YouTube. Oops.
The crew entered the off-limits area without the permission of Valve, and the blunder puts DK at a huge disadvantage with the official tournament beginning July 18. Although they won their most recent game against Evil Geniuses, the leak leaves them open and vulnerable to counter-strategies from other teams.
“Dear DK players and beloved dota 2 fans,
Gamefy’s film personnel entered and began filming the player’s rooms without the permission of Valve and Team DK, and accidentally uploading the sensitive information. We sincerely apologize for our actions.
We acknowledge the problems and frustration that were caused to team DK by the video, and we are fully aware of the hurt that was caused to dota 2 fans. According to Valve Corporation’s rules and regulations, the personnel responsible cannot continue to participate in TI4 news reporting; We will also strictly adhere to the rules of the organizing committee. Without further permission from valve, we will not enter player’s rooms to conduct any kind film work.
Lastly, we would hope for forgiveness and understanding from all of team DK, all dota 2 fans and lovers, and other TI 4 players; and let us put our passion and enthusiasm into the reporting of the next phase of the tournament.
We hereby apologize”
Portions of the DOTA 2 community have been sharing their outrage, claiming that the footage was not “accidentally uploaded,” but rather a ploy for ratings in a competitive broadcast sphere. One Reddit user, schizophrenicpanic, offers his best explanation:
“Trips with camera and bag, bag of wires and camera fly through the air, usb cable connects to camera MID AIR, usb port connects to laptop as it lands, guy accidentally clicks the right keys to upload the video while trying to pull himself up. Recognizes whats happening but then laptop freezes, upload still continues and upload completes, he then waits 25 minutes for laptop to get sorted by itself, finally gives up and restarts it, sees all the gibberish on the internet about the uploaded video, takes it off the internet – exactly 30 minutes later.
In the midst of the DOTA-gate, Gamefy’s producer made a personal plea, explaining the immense stress and pressure reporters face, and asking for forgiveness in light of the embarrassing misstep.
Drama aside, Team DK faces a tough bracket in the near future. Hopefully, they will be able to perform their best despite this setback.