TNC’s manager, Paulo Sy got fired after Valve banned Kuku from The Chongqing Major. Paulo made a post using Kuku’s Weibo account, trying to cover up the situation by saying that Kuku wasn’t being racist but just mocking one of the opponents (because his in-game nick was ching chong at the time). Later it was discovered that the player did not have that nickname during the game and that he actually changed it after Kuku made the comment.
This fueled the fire and made the situation much worse than it was. Valve made it abundantly clear that they banned Kuku because TNC handled the situation very poorly from the beginning. This makes Paulo as responsible as Kuku himself for the whole situation. He deserves to get fired for making things much worse instead of fixing them.
TNC lost their sponsor
Later, we got news that TNC’s sponsor 竞技宝 will not continue to sponsor the team anymore. They made a post on Weibo stating that they were really disappointed and irritated as to how TNC handled the entire situation and have thus decided to stop being partners with them.
Here’s a translation of the announcement – “We have pulled from the partnership with Team TNC. We have been in touch with the team’s management since the beginning of the incident. We strongly requested the team and the player to take their responsibility seriously and behave accordingly, as well as apologizing to the Chinese community. However, the team’s response and attitude throughout this scandal has left us disappointed and irritated. Therefore, starting on Nov. 25, 2018, we have terminated our contract with team TNC. We as a Chinese company who supports our local community, will always stand with the Chinese players. The nation’s dignity is above all that Dota can offer. We will continue to work with the players to build a fair, equal, and open community.”
Things are getting worse and worse for TNC as time goes on. Hopefully they will be able to recover from all the blows that they have received from the Chinese community’s backlash.