However, another team competing in the North American (NA) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) has been embroiled in a dispute over the ownership of its slot on Valve’s Registration website. An NA DPC Division 2 team, bumble bEE’s, features famous players like Jacky”EternaLEnVy“Mao and David”Moo“Hull entered the regional qualifiers for The International 10. However, all five bumble bEE’s players appear to have found new teams or retired, leaving the roster empty.
Maxwell Bateman, the manager of this team, owned the position, so he allowed a team, which included him and several Ancient players on it, to fill it. A backlash ensued when members of the Dota 2 community felt that it was unfair to give free tickets to these relatively low ranked players when the higher ranked players were. fighting it in the open qualifiers. It also led to questions raised regarding the structure of the DPC as to how such a situation was allowed to happen in the first place.
All you need to know about bumble bEE’s DPC placement controversy
In the case of bumble bEE, the controversy started on November 20, 2021 when Twitter user Francis Arriola indicates that bumble bEE’s new roster, which is believed to be an Ancient stack, has been listed on Valve’s Majors signup page. This leads to a community boom with many arguing that these players are not worthy of this position. It was mentioned that much higher ranked teams and players battled it out in the open qualifiers for DPC slots, while this new iteration of bumble bEE simply bought it.
A member of the team, Freja’Papaya‘Holmstrom, a Dota 2 streamer, reacted to the controversy by posting to Twitter on November 22, 2021. Although she admits to being a member of the team, she denies they bought the slot. this. “No, my team doesn’t buy slots. why? because the current slot system is broken and i love my girls. no, we don’t represent all women in dota, just ourselves. yes, we plan to take this seriously AND have fun,” Papaya wrote.
Hours later, Papaya made another tweet, writing, “Only 10% of what I woke up to today,” with a screenshot of abusive messages.
The frustration of the community, at the easy pass these players were awarded in the DPC, shed some light on the rule of position ownership in the DPC. As per Valve rules, each team competing in the DPC has an individual who owns their spot on the Valve Registration Page. This individual reserves the right to invite and remove players from the team roster at their discretion.
Maxwell Bateman, the manager of bumble bEE’s, therefore added four other players to the team and decided to compete with them in the DPC.
As word of this spread, Bateman tweeted that he was initially charged in 2017 but all charges have now been dropped. However, to ensure the team is not negatively affected by his past, he has resigned.
The DOTA Valkyries, an organization dedicated to supporting women in Dota 2, tweeted on November 24, 2021 that they have reached out to a member of bumble bEE’s. The tweet mentions that when the women decided to play with Bateman, they were unaware of the sexual assault allegations against him. However, when the women learned of it, they confronted him, and he resigned from the team.
Furthermore, DOTA Valkyries mentioned that while there has been respectful and legitimate criticism of the way this position has been handled, there has also been unprovoked hate and harassment directed at women by bumble bEE. In addition, this issue has also aroused an important debate around the ownership rules of the District People’s Committee.
Since someone has left the roster after the roster lockup, bumble bEEs are no longer eligible to use their slot in Division 2 of the NA DPC and will therefore not compete in it. In this regard, there has been no official announcement from ESL, the organization of the 2021-22 DPC in the National Assembly.
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