Chinese Team Disqualified from Bucharest Minor SEA Qualifiers
Valve spoke today, but no, not about *that* issue.
Instead, Valve disqualified Zeus Gaming, an unknown Chinese team that entered the Open Qualifiers for the Southeast Asian (SEA) region. 4SGK, the team Zeus Gaming beat in the Round of 8, will play a best-of-three versus WG. Unity for the final Open Qualifier spot.
The team’s accounts on FACEIT, the site that runs the Open Qualifiers, had three players set to Malaysia and two to Sri Lanka. However, Liquipedia has the players with China as their nationality.
A consultation with Dotabuff, a popular Dota 2 statistics site, reveals the team had previously competed in SEA Open Qualifiers for the Kuala Lumpur Major. They’ve also participated in Flame Cup, an SEA region tournament, as well as competing in JoinDota League 14 Asia, a tournament featuring SEA teams.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen investigated the players’ accounts and reported on Twitter that the players had a substantial number of games in China, other than the SEA tournament games.
Question marks were also raised around compLexity Gaming’s new roster, which features three SEA players, and around the new Infamous squad, which picked up two North Americans late last week in a shuffle after the Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers were completed.
Valve has yet to clarify specifics regarding what is required to qualify a team for competing in a particular region.