After delays, fired hosts, and production team overhauls, Dota’s Shanghai Major finally got it together as Team Secret lifted the title on Sunday. But if you thought the final meant the drama was over, you were sorely mistaken.
As teams woke up this morning, they discovered that the practice rooms put together by organizers Perfect World had already been torn down—with no warning to the players or notice that they should remove their personal property from the rooms.
As a result, around 40 to 50 devices or pieces of equipment belonging to teams were lost, including laptops, mice, keyboards and one player’s car keys. Some equipment was found, having been packed away with cables belonging to the organisers.
According to OG‘s manager, this was down to the Marriott Hotel clearing the rooms without informing either Perfect World or the teams. The hotel has issued an apology to all those involved, and will be covering the costs of any lost property.
Marriott’s official statement on the missing gear situation #ShanghaiMajor pic.twitter.com/fvs0sDKKoN
— Evany Chang (@the_evany) March 7, 2016
The tournament was thrown into controversy during the group stages when Valve CEO Gabe Newell publicly announced the firing of host James “2GD” Harding and production team KeyTV.
For its part, Valve owned up to its mistakes.
“We recognize that the viewing experience and the overall execution of the event were very disappointing,” the company wrote on the Dota 2 blog. “Dota fans and professional players alike have high expectations for a Major event—expectations that we share—and it is ultimately our responsibility to make sure those expectations are met and exceeded. A Dota Major should be a celebration of the amazing community that shepherded the game from humble origins to the global passion it has become. “
Though the Shanghai Major produced some great matches and some amazing stories, many in the community will be very glad to see it in the rear view mirror. Valve, surely, will be hoping there are no repeats of what happened in Shanghai, writing in the blog posts that the company will be “increasing our involvement moving forward to ensure that future events deliver a high-quality experience.”