Gabe Newell fires Dota 2 presenter, calling him ‘an ass’

    
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Dota 2‘s Shanghai Major tournament got off to a shaky start this week with a slew of technical problems and controversy over presenter James “2GD” Harding being removed from the show. James has a long-standing reputation in the e-sports community as a popular but abrasive on-camera personality who often offends people live on air for entertainment value. He presented during the first day of the Shanghai Majors before being promptly let go, causing a lot of noise in the community as players demanded that he be brought back. Valve CEO Gabe Newell himself then took to Reddit himself to explain why James was let go, stating,

“We’ve had issues with James at previous events. Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai, feeling that he deserved another chance. That was a mistake. James is an ass, and we won’t be working with him again.”

Calling Gabe’s response “more personal than professional,” James later released his own lengthy statement detailing all of his professional dealings and history with Valve. James claimed that he and Gabe had actually met only briefly, discussed previous situations in which commentators weren’t being offered pay for their work, and suggested that there may be a vendetta against him from another Valve employee.

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kgptzac
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kgptzac

Iridium Holy shit. this reply reeks of personality worshiping, lol.

Professor K.
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Professor K.

Hate saying this, but Googly-Eye’d Gabe didn’t do himself any favors in this situation. Seriously, you make a quick professional statement and you go about your day, nothing more nothing less. Instead, it devolved into name calling, which is a no-no via PR 101. I agree, the behind the scenes team wasnt up to snuff. However, you handle that AFTER the event, not during.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

JesLyck Enikuo I didn’t say that it did.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

BritoBruno Enikuo I did. And, that’s not what I saw at all, quite the opposite actually.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Enikuo BritoBruno Take a look at reddit. Gabe’s response actually quelled the doubts. It’s pretty much an agreement that if Gabe called you an ass, that’s because you f*cked up, big time.

JesLyck
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JesLyck

Enikuo Presumably because being rich, does not automatically make you 100% bulletproof. Some times there are Things, that get under your skin of course.

Tongle
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Tongle

Armsbend Droniac Tongle I still disagree. I believe the majority of people who play games are not toxic. But these type of competitive games only bring to light how someone will act while angry. These “toxic” players would be toxic in any medium of entertainment they partake in. 

As a gamer I bear no guilt or responsibility on how other acts. I am no more culpable in their toxic behavior than a person getting into an accident while texting and driving down the block.

boots2
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boots2

Out of curiosity what was he getting paid? And what are his responsibilities exactly?

Enikuo
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Enikuo

BritoBruno Enikuo Gabe and Valve ignore plenty of outcries when it suits them. And, even if Gabe felt that he needed to respond, he didn’t have to call the guy an ass. All that did was raise more questions – did they fire him for what he said on the stream? Or, was it something he did or said behind the scenes? Or, was it because he wouldn’t go to break when the production crew asked him to? It’s really none of our business, but if the rationale for him answering that way was to quell some outcry, I think he just made things worse. I like Steam and usually like how Gabe handles things, but I really don’t see the point in how this was handled.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

deekay_zero “Take it down a notch”
You don’t,
“TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH!”
You don’t. And you claim a bigger salary and make porn jokes on a TI, with people under 18 playing. When you claim yourself to be a fucking pro.
“You’re fired, get the fuck outta here, your ass.”
Welcome to the real world. Where being a ass will get you fired or even shot.
Learn to tone down a notch when asked for it.