Professional gaming can be a ruthless business.
The Dota 2 community has been in full drama ever since the end of this year's The International. The end of an annual tournament has always involved a certain amount of chopping and changing, as teams reflect and re-evaluate.
But this year's has been even more intense after Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling was booted from Evil Geniuses days after the event. Days after winning the event; days after becoming a millionaire.
i have been kicked from eg after winning ti. i actually hate people
— Aui 2000 (@Aui_2000) August 15, 2015
Ling has since been replaced with Canadian player Artour "Arteezy" Babaev, although it's since been alleged by fellow player and popular Dota 2 streamer WehSing "SingSing" Yuen that the decision to remove Ling was set in stone days in the middle of Valve's immense tournament.
"Actually the kick itself wasn’t weird, the weird part was like two or three days before TI ended, someone told me, 'Oh, EG’s gonna get rid of Aui_2000 no matter what the result is'," Yuen said in a recent broadcast.
"Then they win TI and then like, 'Mmm, probably not going to kick anyone.' And then [unknown] confirmed that at the after party that he’s out of it. And the funniest part is that [Aui_2000] didn’t even know until two days after he was home or something."
"So somehow I knew, more people knew two days before TI ended before [Aui knew he was being kicked] ... but not my problem. Nothing I can do about it," Yuen added.
My experience has taught me that people will be as ruthless as necessary if they think it will help them win. And when the amount of money on the line reaches stratospheric proportions, these kind of decisions will only occur more often.
Ling announced earlier this morning that he's done a reasonably long interview with Duncan Shields and has finalised a new roster. That's also spawned a reply from Ling's former EG teammate Peter "ppd" Dager, who simply replied, "Waiting for the official announcement Kappa?"
@Aui_2000 waiting for the official announcement Kappa?
— Peter Dager (@ppdDota) August 18, 2015
It's a brutal game, eSports.