Gamer Steps Out To Confront Bad Reporter Who Portrayed Him As A Loser

Defense of the Ancients, aka DOTA, champion Wei Shanchuan (卫山川) doesn't have many regrets regarding his professional gaming career. Why should he? He's fairly young and he's won many national tournaments in China. So when he was approached by a reporter for a profile piece on his life as a gamer he was eager to give the goods. Unfortunately for Wei, the story took a turn for the worse.

After he had read the published article, he was incensed by the fact that the reporter chose to highlight some of the more unflattering aspects of his life. The lede (the opening paragraph) and the nutgraph (main information paragraph) pretty much called Wei out as a loser and an internet addict. The reporter even made a point to say that Wei wanted to tell his story as a cautionary tale for college students.

Basically, Wei, a hardcore gamer who has won 20 various types of DOTA championships including 10 on the Chinese national circuit was hoping his story of perseverance would help inspire people. Wei had gotten sick because of all the time he spent playing video games, it reflected in his health, his studies, and his love life. Wei also stopped playing DOTA and online games professionally because of his health problems.

In response to the libellous words written about him, Wei spoke to's gaming portal about what he really wanted to say.

"When I was interviewed, I told reporters that E-Sports gave me a positive energy; it had a great effect on me, giving me a never-give-up spirit," said Wei. "I also never said I would be giving up gaming, I had meant that I wanted to graduate university and find a job — the reporters distorted my words."

Wei also goes on the offensive, citing the portion of the article about his love life. According to the reporters, Wei had incurred neck and back problems from prolonged gaming and this somehow led to problems with his girlfriends.

"The reporters wanted to portray some kind of sad love story," said Wei. "This really pissed my father off — he was so angry that he shook with rage, cursing the reporters."

Wei attests that he doesn't have any physical deformities or ailments that came from gaming, and that it was purely fiction. He claims that he's living a fulfilling life. Recently, Wei says, he started working on an internet advertising firm with his friends. The article has had a profound effect on his life:

"Many friends call me to ask if any of what was in the article was true," said Wei. "I didn't know how to really deal with this."

Despite being disappointed with the reporter who made a drama out of his life, Wei hopes that his message that E-Sports isn't bad won't be lost to the readers.

电竞选手怒斥不良记者:为啥把我写成失足青年 - Wei's response article [Sina] DOTA全国冠军玩家卫山川 讲述他的游戏辛苦经历 Original article - Author unknown [Via Sina]


    journalists not writing the truth for the sake of a story? never...

    Bad reporting in this article. If it was "libellous" (sic) then why not sue etc? The majority of the report is accurate! It is just that the subject doesn't like the 'spin'. Further your title is misleading. There is no confrontation depicted in this article. The irony being the Author calls another journalist a 'bad' reporter' (sic). Eric - this is an embarrassing article. Seriously black kettle.

      I wonder how many people have successfullu sued the Chinese media....

        Who said it was state sponsored media? Who said that the server it was published on is in China? A reporter - author unknown on link.

          I merely raised the question - the Author of this article claims it is 'libellous' - if it is not considered thus by (whichever regions) law - why make a misleading statement?

            I merely hinted that perhaps semantic discussion of legal terminology wasn't the point of this article, it was probably too subtle, I apologise.

              So subtle - it did not exist. How does your post relate to semantics? Further if this author is disparaging to another I would have thought that illustrating - semantically- that they are as incorrect as the other author was an entirely valid point! A post structuralist (or any modern literary theory) interpretation of the semiotic interplay of this authors text would also prove what a hypocritical fool the author is.

              So subtle it isn't there. I disagree - if an author is going to accuse another author such then both a semantic and semiotic dissection of said accusation is MORE than relevant. Perhaps this reply is too subtle?

      it depends. In some countries libel has to be proved by defendant, in others by the prosecutor. He may need to prove he isnt an internet addict and a loser in order to sue for libel. Something he may not be able to do...

    Worst of all, wrong picture.

      I would up this comment if it work. But yes, wrong picture made me lol (pun intended)

        Good job kotaku, reporting on something negative in journalism and then having the balls to not even put in the effort to check if you article picture is correct.

    Inaccurate reporting, in China no less. Who would of thunk it?

    This is after that other "scandal" (if you can even call it that) when that Chinese guy wouldn't go out with his girlfriend to celebrate their 1 year anniversary.. and then he ended up going out drinking and got hit by a car.. (or whatever the truth of it actually was).

    Seems like they wanted to "level up" the reporting on this kind of thing.. smells strongly of government involvement to me.

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