Team's Strategy for $10 Million Dota 2 Tournament Leaked Online

Chinese media website Gamefy entered the team's off-limits planning room and recorded its entire tournament strategy.

The International, the Dota 2 championship tournament, starts on Friday, but qualifiers have been going on for over a week. The stakes are high, with the prize pool totaling well over $10 million. Every move the competing teams make is important, and so strategy is crucial for victory. Teams lock themselves in planning rooms, off limits to media and the public, so that they can plan each game in secrecy.

But for one Dota 2 team, these regulations didn't prevent its entire strategy from being leaked to the Internet. According to PCGamesN, Team DK's tactics are now available to the public because Chinese website Gamefy sent an unauthorized journalist into the strategy room before a DK match. The journalist recorded video containing the team's core strategy and its drafting ideas for its subsequent match, and it was soon posted to a Chinese video site.

Team DK's coach immediately demanded that the video be removed, but by that time it had been posted on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet. Gamefy recently published an apology letter, translated by Reddit user Bikinii, which you can read below.

"Dear DK players and beloved Dota 2 fans,

“Gamefy's film personnel entered and began filming the player's rooms without the permission of Valve and Team DK, and accidentally uploading the sensitive information. We sincerely apologize for our actions.

“We acknowledge the problems and frustration that were caused to Team DK by the video, and we are fully aware of the hurt that was caused to Dota 2 fans. According to Valve Corporation's rules and regulations, the personnel responsible cannot continue to participate in TI 4 news reporting; we will also strictly adhere to the rules of the organizing committee. Without further permission from valve, we will not enter player's rooms to conduct any kind film work.

“Lastly, we would hope for forgiveness and understanding from all of Team DK, all Dota 2 fans and lovers, and other TI 4 players; and let us put our passion and enthusiasm into the reporting of the next phase of the tournament.

“We hereby apologize."

Fans have asked Valve, which is hosting The International 4, to take action against Gamefy, but the company hasn't commented on the situation yet. We've reached out to Valve for comment.

Valve is streaming the matches on Twitch throughout the rest of the week. If you're new to Dota 2, you can check out the dedicated newcomers stream. The four-day tournament will take place at Seattle's 17,000-seat Key Arena.

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rahuljn
rahuljn

I think that’s the one thing about the Dota2 scene. League has gotten big enough where they have a healthy challenger scene and then the LCS but I think Korea does it best right now but that also comes with years of experience and groundwork already done.

 http://www.anrdoezrs.net/m7122ox52x4KSNPUNLPKMMPUUQPN

crix01
crix01

"accidentally uploading" Yea, right...

hell_razr
hell_razr

There is no point in apologizing now...  :/

gta5onlinefunny
gta5onlinefunny

After a long time, i have seen a crime,thriller and a dramatic movie.. =D

Hurvl
Hurvl

They basically did a paparazzi thing, invading their privacy when everyone knew it was off-limits and now they want our forgiveness? I hope that stain takes a long time to wash out.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

It's a TRAP! That's a decoy strategy. 

Act_Chill
Act_Chill

So when a news team bust into your room while you are having a strat meeting and they are video taping, that means continue going over your strat??? lol 

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@Act_Chill Could've been like a behind the scenes documentary type thing that was supposed to be put together AFTER the tournament.  *shrugs*

Act_Chill
Act_Chill

Each team is probably ranked and there are estimates on how far each will get. If I was team DK and performed below the estimate, I would sue for the money difference. The company did something illegal that will cost team DK a lot of money. 

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

what was their strategy? left click.. right click.. double click,

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@dannydopamine8 Basically the same thing as any military strategy.  Aim nukes, laugh, wait for other country to surrender.

brxricano
brxricano

Hahahaha to only have one way to win is what makes it matter.

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

it wasn't and accident i think. this was to spy on their strategy to help some other team that paid the camera crew

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

Someone should've placed a ward and got dust to reveal this ganker...

jamesbigmac
jamesbigmac

This seems like a set up. Why didn't they ask him to leave? Why was he able to film the ENTIRE strategy?! It's probably DK just planting this video and story.

hystavito
hystavito

@jamesbigmac We definitely need more details to understand exactly what happened.  Maybe they thought it was for something to be produced and published after the tournament, who knows.

zerohournow
zerohournow

Let me guess, their strategy is to spam mouse click on everything they see until everything is dead...that pretty much sums up ever DOTA game I have ever seen.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

@zerohournow Play it. You'll appreciate the skill more... (Just mouse clicking will lead you to nowhere.) 

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@zerohournow I am not a dota player and I'm not even a fan of the genre, but your comment is the epitome of ignorance. You'll find no joy living your whole life with your eyes closed and your ears covered. Try to respect your fellow man and instead of mocking them for living their passion how about you spend time finding your own. These people are out there living their dream while you sit on gamespot and try to take away the skill they've spent countless hours practicing.


Please download the game and spam mouse click. Let's see how well you do.

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

That's really messed up, they should be banned from all future coverage.

Anemeros
Anemeros

Wouldn't shock me if this was a scheme cooked up by Team DK themselves. Think about it: They get sympathy, excuses, attention and element of surprise all rolled into one neat package.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@Anemeros Okay but how does this enable them to win millions of dollars? "Hey guis lets release all our strats. People will pity us and we will get attention!!!! Oh, that couple million dollar prize? Eh, we get attention this way!"

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Maybe *puts conspiracy glasses on* they released false info and they think they know how other teams will react to those strategies and now they can react with their real strategies to the changed strategy based on the published false strategy?

Shadowsnake
Shadowsnake

lol 'I misinterpreted the rules' say it with me

oflow
oflow

I'm trying to understand how the players themselves didnt tell the guy to stop filming, just stop doing anything while he was there or ask the guy to leave?  Unless he was a government party official acting like a journalist which they knew so they kept quiet rather than disappear after the tournament lol.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

People think this is bad, but the drama could potentially get a lot worse than leaked strategies.  Think of maybe a key player getting his or her knee whacked, kinda like Nancy Kerrigan back in the 90's...  Well, maybe in this case it would have to be a wrist or pointer finger that gets whacked, but you get the idea.

blackothh
blackothh

@spacecadet25 That brings up an interesting question, I wonder if they dont shake hands out of fear of getting it crunched by one of "those" kind of hand shakers lol

Darklurkr23
Darklurkr23

You click that's how you win give me 20 grand

blackothh
blackothh

@Darklurkr23 lol i log around 1.1 million clicks a year for my work not to mention paying games at home. i want some please!


oh wait i already get paid to click lol!

GBl4wd0g
GBl4wd0g

If they win, they can claim they overcame adversity. If they lose, they have a scapegoat.  

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@GBl4wd0g  It probably wasn't even their real strategy, the whole thing was probably a decoy.  Otherwise, why would they let some journalist they don't know into that room during such an important meeting?

nesky
nesky

Gamefly needs to pay the damages for the potential lost of 10 million. That was no accident. Seriously? Do they really expect anyone to believe that rubbish?

blackothh
blackothh

Accidently uploaded??????????   Sounds more like somebody was paid off by another entity to get the info exposed.

cbxero
cbxero

Wow... I'm not into competitive gaming at all, but I'd be furious and seeking damages somehow.


Also, "without further permission we will not enter..." How about, you're banned forever from coverage? You broke a massive rule, and you thought saying sorry was good enough? No, your entire organization cannot be trusted, and you're banned from covering any and all competitions.

TomoEK9
TomoEK9

@cbxero

I think its hard to assess damages. Its a tournament and even without their plans leaked its entirely feasible they get knocked out right away and walk away with nothing.


But I do agree that this Gamefly should be entirely banned from coverage. They screwed up royally and just saying sorry does not make up for it.

fishstik1234
fishstik1234

@TomoEK9 @cbxero  DK did pretty well during the early stages and if I am not mistaken their upper bracket slot will guarantee them at least a 6th place finish.  Only a measly $648,639 prize at the time of this comment being posted. ;) 

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Damn that's fu*ked up!

I get p1ssed of when I lose a book playing spades, Team DK must be freaking out.

elheber
elheber

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaayuum! I would hope the party responsible would be held accountable for the damages. A lot of money goes into the teams, regardless of winnings.