Last month Dota 2 developer Valve issued bans to some of the MOBA game’s most toxic players, saying that they “are too big of a tax on the rest of the community and are not wanted.” Now, the studio is introducing a new system that will disable chat and voice for players if their behaviour drops below a set threshold.
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When team OG went on to take the win at Dota 2 tournament The International 2019, Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein became the most successful Dota 2 player in history – and the highest-earning esports star ever. Now, Sundstein has revealed that he has some other big plans on the horizon – he wants to jump into helping fight for the environment and become a “soldier for the earth.”
Yesterday, Valve detailed some changes to Dota 2’s ranked matchmaking system, along with some major ban waves for “bad actors.” Now, players affected by those bans have started to complain about their suspensions on social media – and it looks like some of the worst offenders have been banned for the better part of the next two decades.
Dota 2 has recently seen some players using command scripts to crash servers. Valve released a game update last week designed to detect players trying to do this, but it looks like it might be having a bit of a knock-on effect for non-cheating players too.
Tiny is Dota 2‘s ruminant stone giant, able to summon avalanches, throw his enemies around, and ponder the meaning of existence. Now he’s been brought to life in the form of a statue that is probably something like life size.
Team Liquid’s Dota 2 squad, which just weeks ago placed second in this year’s International world championship in Shanghai, is striking out on their own. The team is parting ways with Team Liquid on amicable terms to pursue plans for establishing their own esports organization.
The Twitch stream for Valve’s Dota 2 Internationals is removing mentions of Tiananmen Square, and hitting those who do mention it with a two-minute timeout from chat. The square in Beijing was made infamous in 1989 after the Chinese government’s violent suppression of student-led protests there, which resulted in hundreds of deaths.
A recent study has found that 74% of those who play online multiplayer titles have been on the receiving end of some form of harassment in-game. The Anti-Defamation League’s findings, which indicate that players have experienced things like physical threats, stalking, and other forms of harassment when gaming, break this down by game – and it looks like Dota 2 players seem to have experienced the most.
The teams competing in The International 2019 will be playing for the biggest purse in esports history. The prize pool for Dota 2’s biggest tournament is now worth more than $30 million USD (£24 million).