Valve seem to have pulled something of a Sochi 2014 on us. Like the infamous Russian-hosted Winter Olympics, the Shanghai Major was supposed to be one of Dota 2‘s biggest events. Instead, it’s been a technical shambles, with dropped streams, commentary going MIA, and a myriad of other technical issues. What was meant to be a poster child of the rapidly growing e-sports scene has become a veritable comedy of errors.
And since this clearly wasn’t enough, Valve pulled a leaf from the React Bros playbook, and decided to turn the community against them. How? By sacking James “2GD” Harding, one of the most prominent personalities in the Dota 2 world.
James has always been a divisive figure in the community, with off-colour remarks and common usage of curses, including das ist verboten itself – “cunt”. He’s as reviled as he is supported, and calling him the marmite of Dota 2 wouldn’t be an awful analogy. But Valve knew this, and if they’re going to get upset at a presenter for doing what he’s known for – especially after allegedly being told to “be himself” – then they’re fully deserving of the ire coming their way.