TNC Predator has qualified for The Chongqing Major, defeating Mineski 2-1 in a nail-biting BO3 in the Major SEA Qualifier Final. Since the Chongqing Government banned Carlo “Kuku” Palad from attending the Major, and Kuku qualified for it with TNC, Valve is forced to make a statement now. We will finally get to know what Valve thinks is more important – Helping Kuku OR agreeing with the Chinese officials and letting them ban him.
TNC made an official statement on their website regarding the situation. In summary, 50% of Kuku’s winnings from the Kuala Lumpur Major and 50% of his winnings from either the Chongqing Major or the Bucharest Minor will be donated to The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR). They also mentioned their reason for doing this – “We believe these are necessary actions to educate and guide our players and people within the organization. We at TNC strongly believe that proper values and competitive integrity should be displayed not just in the professional scene but outside of it as well.”
The post also has a ‘sanctions’ section making it very clear as to how they are going to fine Kuku.
Since Kuku qualified for the Chongqing Major through the SEA qualifier, 50% of his winnings from The Kuala Lumpur Major and The Chongqing Major will be donated to IMADR.
TNC also explained why they chose IMADR for the donation – “IMADR is an is an international non-profit, non-governmental human rights organization devoted to eliminating discrimination and racism, forging international solidarity among discriminated minorities and advancing the international human rights system. We believe considering the issue at hand, this organization and their cause is the right group to support.”
Will this punishment be enough for the Chinese officials to lift the ban on Kuku? I personally hope that Kuku gets to play at the Major. He is one of the best players in SEA and he is already being disciplined by TNC. Surely, he must have learned from his mistake and won’t be making any racist remarks in the future.