Dotaland note: Yeah, slow news day, etc, etc. This is pretty much tabloid level journalism but it’s gotten some traction over the last few days on the Chinese internet so I thought I’d just translate some of it in case anyone else likes random drama. Take it with a grain of salt, of course. Anyway, I just translate what goes on in the Chinese scene. ALSO: this particular post is not an exact translation, more like a paraphrasing/summary of a few sources to try to streamline the explanations a bit.
Basically, Anderson (the same Anderson who was doing Chinese interviews at TI2) was caught selling large amounts of the TI2-specific Dota2 invites that were given out to people who bought their passes, the ones that came with an extra Dota2 item. Additionally, apparently he was also selling TI2 booklets (the free, small ones that listed the teams and had a mini bracket) for up to 100 RMB, or around 15 US dollars.
Update 9/25/12: According to Nyx_Jaywalker on reddit, the keys were given to him and were NOT used to sell, the ones Anderson is selling are different keys. Also according to Anderson himself, his Baidu account was stolen and evidence implicating himself in this drama was not sent by him but by the people who stole his account.
The drama comes from that fact that, because he had large amounts of both of these things to sell, it means that he (ab)used his position as an official commentator/interviewer at TI2 to get lots of these things that were given away for free, and then went on to sell them for his own profit. Replays.net editors issued a statement asking for esports people to be more professional and fair in the way they do things, to maintain a healthy atmosphere in the industry, so as to not affect the healthy growth of the esports industry.
Additionally he has been accused of using these same things that he got in bulk amounts from TI2 to bribe moderators/admins of online forums into deleting anything negative about him. This was supposedly proven by the fact that, in a private message on Baidu Tieba, Anderson accidentally sent a message proving his own guilt to the wrong person. This person then posted about it and was banned, and finally the user gave out his account password for everyone to see the message themselves, which many people apparently did see as a result, successfully taking screenshots to confirm.
Anderson has strongly denied these accusations and currently his Taobao store where he was selling these items do not have them listed.
What an asshole. Ban him!.
He’s a pretty big name figure in the Chinese Dota scene and officially works for a lot of esports-related organizations, including, various gaming channels, team LGD, and the Dota 1 matchmaking platform called ’11’. Seems he needs to be more careful of his actions because he’s a high profile figure and to an extent represents the entire esports industry with his actions, at least that is what people in Chinese Dota are saying.