E-Sports is a large market for anybody, and with a $3 million prize riding on this weeks DOTA 2 tournament in Shanghai, it is no surprise that people have been annoyed by the range of problems that have come out of it. One of which has caught some heat though is the fact that a commentator was fired less than two days into the tournament, something which Gabe Newell personally explains on Reddit why they got rid of the commentator.
The problems ranged from non-existent commentary on the action taking place to cameras being stuck or even the entire stream suddenly dropping, leaving fans and players alike wondering what was happening. James Harding was a commentator for the series, and has been before, but this time, it was short lived with him being fired just over a day into the series.
Valve fired Harding after just a day and a half, with speculation and outcry alike coming from everybody regarding the matter. In his post he stated:
1) James. 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.
2) As long as we’re firing people, we are also firing the production company that we’ve been working with on the Shanghai Major. They will be replaced, and we hope to get this turned around before the main event.
Harding himself replied, posting that he would be releasing a statement regarding the matter, something which we eagerly look forward to reading.