There are millions of dollars up for grabs in this year's big DOTA 2 tournament, The International. So when a camera crew accidentally leaked one team's strategy for the competition, that team was understandably pissed.
A crew from Chinese esports company Gamefy is at the tournament, and despite lacking permission from organisers Valve to do so, entered the off-limits player's rooms of Team DK (pictured below) just before a match and started filming. They recorded, and subsequently broadcast, Team DK's "core strategy" for not just that match, but the entire competition.
While Team DK went on to win that match, the fact their fundamental strategy has since been exposed and spread across the planet has all but sunk their chances of taking out the millions in prize money on offer.
Gamefy have since apologised in a statement (translated by Redditor Bikinii) on their official site, claiming that the footage was uploaded "accidentally".
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 apologise 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 Corperation's rules and regulations, the personnel responsible cannot continue to participate in TI4 news reporting; We will also strictly adhere to the rules of the organising 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 apologise.
A further statement was issued by a Gamefy producer defending the reporter responsible in the face of a subsequent internet witchhunt. You can read that here.