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[–]Jalapen0s [score hidden]  (4 children)

James is an ass, and we won't be working with him again.

  • Gabe Fucking Newell

holy shit.

[–]h-h-H-H-HEY! Get your cursor OFF OF ME!sugoi-desune [score hidden]  (0 children)

fucking roasted

[–]CritHitLights [score hidden]  (7 children)

What the fuck

[–]Spin 2 Windankmemer420smokescr [score hidden]  (4 children)

I know dude. Its so surreal.

[–]PerfectlyClear [score hidden]  (2 children)

It's actually oddly fitting Valve's communication about a host being canned in the middle of event, instead of an official release, is a reddit post by their CEO

[–]antonio000 [score hidden]  (18 children)

"James is an ass" - Gabe 2016

[–]PerfectlyClear [score hidden]  (9 children)

Newest meme off the printing press boys

[–]dny6 [score hidden]  (1 child)

Looks like Memes back on the menu boys

[–]antonio000 [score hidden]  (0 children)

MOM GET DA CAMERA! PogChamp

Start off the printer.

Contract 500 new paperboys!

[–]I'd like to be a treeProtosega [score hidden]  (2 children)

F R E S H M E M E

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[–]AbbreviateYourPost [score hidden]  (0 children)

lets get that twitch chat spam going boys

[–]Marceline__ [score hidden]  (0 children)

Straight from the mouth of Gabe.

[–]Too_Much_Overtime [score hidden]  (0 children)

get it while it's hot

[–]srm19 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Man I wish I could get called an ass by Gabe.

[–]SUNSfan [score hidden]  (25 children)

If James is an ass, I can only imagine what Richard Lewis and Thorin are :O

[–]IS THIS VEGA SQUADRON????D2WilliamU [score hidden]  (2 children)

dicks

[–]Jalapen0s [score hidden]  (0 children)

Seriously, if you're going to fire James for being an ass, then you have no excuse keeping a bunch of violent provocative goons around as CSGO casters.

[–]EE-SAMA TAKE MY ENERGYMandomSama [score hidden]  (0 children)

Butthole ?

Ass can be sexy, but not butthole

[–]Give Kaipi flairphilosopherfujin [score hidden]  (0 children)

I imagine James must be harder to work with than they are if this happened.

[–]Dravved [score hidden]  (9 children)

Is it true that James was told to be himself? Wouldn't you all know what you were getting into when you said that?

[–]BASED FNG AND RICHARD 'ILLIDAN' ASHCROFTLesteriuse [score hidden]  (0 children)

we also like ass

[–]PuppEEyalbinoblackbears [score hidden]  (3 children)

Even if that's true, one should understand why they were fired from previous valve events. And not continue to do that.

[–]Osama-Bin-Techies [score hidden]  (1 child)

Brunno plz , where are you

[–]The Horse Will Rise AgainDoctorHeckle [score hidden]  (0 children)

/u/IceX por favor

[–]NicklosA [score hidden]  (6 children)

If you're going to fire assholes are you firing Richard Lewis and Thooorin too?

[–]Memes JackSkquad [score hidden]  (7 children)

If James is an ass, how are Duncan 'thoorin' Sheilds and Richard Lewis able to work at your CSGO events?

[–]날아오르라 주작이여bshth [score hidden]  (11 children)

HOLY SHIT ITS GABE

[–]kenkenkenkenken [score hidden]  (3 children)

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

At least Perfect World is now gone, maybe they can bring in 2gd studios.

[–]Nephilim_Legion [score hidden]  (2 children)

it's begun the end of times ushered in by...

[–]You smell worse than Kunkka!scarecrowman175 [score hidden]  (0 children)

GET YOUR CLASSIEST SHITPOSTS READY, BOYS

[–]frifrafredi [score hidden]  (0 children)

LORD HAS SPOKEN. THERE IS NOTHING TO SAY ANYMORE.

[–]peterpandamEhkano [score hidden]  (3 children)

rofl got called an ass by gabe

[–]Caw caw!!SmaugTheGreat [score hidden]  (0 children)

That's even better than Dendi creating a 1 minute long song to flame me and my team mates.

[–]Boltsnapbolts [score hidden]  (3 children)

Didn't expect such an up-front response. While I don't really agree, I'm sure we all appreciate the communication.

[–]WisdomDota [score hidden]  (1 child)

10-4, 10-4 shots fired, I repeat - SHOTS FIRED!

[–]voksul [score hidden]  (0 children)

Also, Jameses fired.

[–]WingedFagg0tofRa [score hidden]  (0 children)

Lol, now James HAS to post his side.

[–]tomitz [score hidden]  (2 children)

Be yourself yames so we can fire you Kappa

[–]PerfectlyClear [score hidden]  (0 children)

Something behind the scenes must have went on bigtime...? Was 2GD really that bad on the desk?

[–]nutter01 [score hidden]  (3 children)

watch the reddit circlejerk change from 'bring back james' to 'wow i always knew he was an ass'

[–]tg_wl [score hidden]  (4 children)

Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai, feeling that he deserved another chance.

Then maybe you should've told him how you wanted him to act and not tell him "Be yourself"?

[–]dny6 [score hidden]  (2 children)

we don't know who told him that or if he really was told that. I DOUBT james is lying, so the question remains who told him to do so.

[–]http://www.dotabuff.com/players/7732805nossr50 [score hidden]  (11 children)

Thanks for posting Valve's side of things Gabe, I was worried you guys would stay silent during the drama.

[–]5.5k still terrible HELPfourierdota [score hidden]  (9 children)

well he basically said nothing

"james is an ass" doesnt explain much except that there were internal conflicts between him and valve

[–]http://www.dotabuff.com/players/7732805nossr50 [score hidden]  (0 children)

They don't have to give a detailed list of why they fired someone every time they fire someone, if he's going so far as to say that he was an ass that is clearly indicative of how strongly people at Valve feel about him. I'm sure there is a lot we don't know about besides James being rude on camera.

[–]Swagger Fiendtitaniumjew [score hidden]  (3 children)

I don't think they should air their dirty laundry. That's all we need to know. It sucks that it came out like this though.

[–]Jalapen0s [score hidden]  (1 child)

Yeah seriously, I was hoping for a more well reasoned post from someone as smart as GabeN.

Also how does he consider James to be enough of an asshole to fire him for it, but keeps Thorin and Richard Lewis around, despite their history of actually earnest racism, sexism, and violence?

[–]doctorbhb [score hidden]  (2 children)

OMG two lovable persons (Gaben and 2GD) are on opposite sides.
Where do we side now Reddit?

[–]nathaddox [score hidden]  (0 children)

our lord and savior has spoken

[–]Onii-chanItsTooBig [score hidden]  (0 children)

Didn't expect Gabe to answer, but I definitely hope there's more to the explanation other than that James was "an ass".

[–]8 0 0 0 M A T C H M A K I N G P O I N T SVOGNOR7 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Explain why u ditched him what the fuck!

[–]cap_qu [score hidden]  (0 children)

sure james in an ass, you already knew that and hired him anyway

you can't then immedately fire him for doing his job the way he's always done his job, then publicly humiliate him

i hope what you did is illegal and i hope james gets some compensation because it's totally fucked

[–]thecurls23 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Two things:

(1) People deserve to know the real reasons James was fired. Not just hear you sling some personal attacks (I can see where the community gets its toxicity from now) on someone. If anything, James was the only thing keeping the shit show that has been the last two days of this event afloat.

(2) You should apologize for your mistakes. If hiring James was a mistake. Apologize. Also, how about apologizing for THE WORST PRODUCED EVENT we have seen in years?

[–]RESPONDS_WITH_LIES [score hidden]  (0 children)

James is an ass but he's our ass :(

Are you willing to explain why James was fired?

[–]RESPONDS_WITH_LIES [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank you GabeN!

[–]TCOK [score hidden]  (0 children)

Can you elaborate on the issues?

[–]go hard or tp back to baseuigsyvigvusy [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank you for responding Gabe

[–]8000 MATCHMAKING POINTSWE_ID [score hidden]  (0 children)

4Head

[–]benjiTK [score hidden]  (0 children)

WOAH, this is real-talk.

[–]SublimeSC [score hidden]  (0 children)

THE GABEN HIMSELF HOLY FUCK.

I would like to see James's side of the story to have an opinion though, but if Gabe himself wrote this I'm pretty sure its quite damn serious

[–]sii92 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Oh my god. I guess James is gone forever from Valve events now.

[–]GottaGoFats [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wow, God Himself descended from the heavens to sort this shit out.

[–]The skies are dark with Skywrath Power!BHK3 [score hidden]  (0 children)

THE HEAD OF DOTA, HALF-LIFE, TEAM FORTRESS 2 AND PORTAL HAS SAID 2GD IS AN ASS. AND WILL NEVER BE WORKING WITH VALVE EVER AGAIN.

[–]for yamesMegaG [score hidden]  (0 children)

I like James a lot, but you have to admit a lot of the stuff he said was very unprofessional. It's a shame he couldn't keep it up a bit more classy at some points because he is really a good host if he tries, but I understand why you guys wouldn't want his image to be the face of Dota 2.

I say this now that you're firing the production team. If you let them run wild then James is just a peanut compared to their fuck-ups.

[–]RX-782 [score hidden]  (0 children)

James is an ass

Lmao, guess it's easy to get straight to the point

Also, I hope that they get Mineski event team that people have been talking about to handle the production.

[–]khk9 [score hidden]  (0 children)

He deserved it. If James didnt adopt to the cultural sensitivity and did whatever he wanted, he would have been either stabbed or get kidnapped only to have his organs sold.

[–]socrates111 [score hidden]  (0 children)

The Lord has spoken

[–]pwnies [score hidden]  (0 children)

Holy shit Gabe bringing the heat 🔥🔥🔥

[–]Its windRUNNER valve, NOT FUCKING RANGER!havok0159 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wow. Well thanks for telling us. I was always under the assumption that Valve liked James being unprofessional and I know I'm not the only one who thought that. Will you be bringing someone else in to replace James? I'm sure Sheever can handle it on her own but having someone to share the load would probably be nice.

[–]1235Woosens [score hidden]  (0 children)

wow i will tell my children about this. What a time to be alive. Ive seen all

[–]coonwhiz [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank fucking god you are firing that production company.

[–]JimmyFatts [score hidden]  (0 children)

RIP IN PEACE YAMES "GIT GUD" HARDING

[–]pendejadas [score hidden]  (0 children)

good riddance

[–]Thomah1337 [score hidden]  (0 children)

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.

[–]#VoteQoPKorelle [score hidden]  (0 children)

James being an ass is why we love him and enjoy him hosting.

[–]elloman13 [score hidden]  (0 children)

We're firing assholes now? Why not start with the two biggest ones, Thorin and Richard Lewis.

[–]bersezk [score hidden]  (0 children)

? hired James to be himself ( an ass ) and then fire him for being an ass ? r u stepid u fat fok

[–]chompyyzombie [score hidden]  (0 children)

Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai

Sounds like Bruno also got scolded by daddy.

[–]TinyMontana [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thanks for the input, Mr. Newell. We understand that Valve doesnt always communicate directly with the community, but this is greatly appreciated.

[–](For Yames) the hontrash saga will never endChristopherGLwallace [score hidden]  (0 children)

James is an ass, and we won't be working with him again

You people have done a lot of questionable shit lately, particularly when it comes to CS:GO, but I have let it slide. This is the final drop for me though, never again will i purchase a compendium or anything else of the sort in any of your games.

Yeah you'll laugh and think I'm just a drop in the ocean, and you'll be right, but I can see you and your company are going in a direction that I no longer wantt to support and be a part of, and I'm sure when it comes down to it, I'm not alone.

So from the bottom of my heart: eat shit.

[–]to the abyss of sufferingReszs [score hidden]  (0 children)

OH MAN didnt know i would live to see gabe himself on reddit

[–]Claydoon [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thanks for the answers Gabe. Goodluck with the new team. (Altough I like James, one of a few people who brought me to e-sports).

[–]rasmorak [score hidden]  (2 children)

hey /u/GabeNewellBellevue as long as you're firing people, can you also fire your entire support staff as well? Waiting two months to receive a canned response on a ticket is pretty fucking dumb tbh. EA's support is faaaar superior.

[–]The Grand MagusZuneNebula [score hidden]  (8 children)

OMG, Gabe Newell himself made a statement, damn this is serious.

Alright reddit, bring down the pitchforks, and rejoice that Perfect World wont be hosting anything Dota related again.

[–]flirtyf [score hidden]  (6 children)

perfect world isnt the production company.

[–]Do you love me now?ZeroGorilla [score hidden]  (0 children)

Based Gaben

[–]DrDoopy [score hidden]  (1 child)

"'I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"

Ezekiel 24:14

[–]Master of the panic novaDrNick1221 [score hidden]  (0 children)

"James is an ass"

Gaben 20:16

[–]MingLeeVethosis [score hidden]  (0 children)

I like how you use the term lobbied when I bet that never happened.

[–]dny6 [score hidden]  (0 children)

While I enjoyed James as host, I'm a 22 year old college student that enjoys his humor. When trying to run a global brand, you can't just target american college seniors!

That said, the host drama is trivial compared to the production company. My mates are coming over for some beers and games tonight. Lets hope we have something to watch =/

[–]Leadback [score hidden]  (0 children)

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.

Holy shit that's one of the most unequivocal, straight-talking responses from a company I've ever seen. Credit for not dressing it up.

[–]DaveH1234 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Imagine your employer firing you "because you were an ass". That's a great reason for termination, no examples no other points of how he was an ass, no explanation. Seems like a cop-out to me.

[–]hinenak [score hidden]  (0 children)

LORD GABEN Kreygasm

[–]rektifiedx [score hidden]  (0 children)

PRAISE LORD GABEN

I WIll name my firstborn child GABEN!!!!!!!!

Now lets be REAL here.

IF JAMES is an ass and was instantly fired, how come thorin trash and RLEWIS autism are both still contracted by valve???

You better get your shit together fat ass gaben, you make no sense

[–]stupidme2014 [score hidden]  (0 children)

good bye yames

[–]doctorbhb [score hidden]  (0 children)

LORD GABEN Kreygasm

[–]srm19 [score hidden]  (0 children)

But what about my pitchforks?

[–]ForRut [score hidden]  (0 children)

RIP YAMES

[–]rakadark [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank you mister Gabe

[–]yooorick [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank you. Maybe this will end baseless speculation.

[–]buck614 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wow. I wasn't expecting to hear from Gabe directly on this.

[–]THIS IS GOING TO BE ABSURDallthefoxes [score hidden]  (0 children)

wow

[–]AliceXZAliceXZhang [score hidden]  (0 children)

Holy shit lmao

[–]FUCK YOUdisjust [score hidden]  (0 children)

GABEN PLZ BibleThump

[–]SO. WHAT. IF. I. SWAGGER.Dondarrion_8 [score hidden]  (0 children)

SHIT JUST GOT REAL.

[–]W F L B O Y SLazyOrCollege [score hidden]  (0 children)

DAMN GABE LET EM KNOW

[–]ysl2 [score hidden]  (0 children)

What an answer.

[–]Brizven [score hidden]  (0 children)

On the plus side, it's good that the production company is being replaced. On the other hand though...that's pretty damn blunt coming from Gabe.

[–]michael_the_weaboo [score hidden]  (0 children)

mustve done something prty bad for gaben to call him an ass

[–]Ice City Bitchfatpride [score hidden]  (0 children)

Welp didn't expect to see the man himself make a statement.

[–]Okoopewpew [score hidden]  (0 children)

S A V A G E

[–]PurpleMeowing [score hidden]  (0 children)

Having a new production team for the main event will atleast help end on a high note if it is possible

[–]LE'FANBOYSyncyy [score hidden]  (0 children)

Even though I didn't take part in the drama I feel ashamed.

[–]NOIZA [score hidden]  (0 children)

Why is he an ass? If I may ask?

[–]uberxD [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wow... it did end like Kojima - Konami relation
BTW Gabe you missed the chance to gave us a point 3

[–]The truth behind the secret, it's C9 all alongbrunoha [score hidden]  (0 children)

As always, I can be reached at gaben@valvesoftware.com.

inc 322000 emails to gabe

[–]_DaveLister [score hidden]  (0 children)

REKTTT James is an ass

[–]brendendo [score hidden]  (0 children)

I wonder what James will be saying about this situation... Especially after being called out by Gaben himself.

[–]Esukaresu [score hidden]  (0 children)

Rip Yames, don't think his side of the story is gonna make it any better when Gabe lays it down like this.

[–]TehNuffster [score hidden]  (0 children)

Can't wait for James' statement later xD

[–]the only cat i ever likedUnmotivatedFool [score hidden]  (0 children)

"James is an ass" -GabeN, 2016 4Head

[–]malachamavet [score hidden]  (0 children)

Can you clarify by naming the production company you fired?

[–]ftw_c0mrade [score hidden]  (0 children)

"James is an ass"

-GABE 2016

On a serious note, I would still expect an official statement from Valve because we still don't know the reason why he was fired.

[–]RSKCambodio [score hidden]  (0 children)

Damn.

[–]webuiltthisschmidty [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wish Gabe would call me an ass :(

Edit: HOLY SHIT FIRING PRODUCTION MID-EVENT, WHAT A BOSS-ASS MOTHAFUCKA

[–]lynntaa [score hidden]  (0 children)

Oh...my god......... GABE

[–]RAISE YOUR DONGERSMan_With_A_Can [score hidden]  (0 children)

WHAT IS HAPPENING

[–]HubcapTheGreat [score hidden]  (0 children)

we have angered him

[–]eHome is myHomeNamasteZen [score hidden]  (0 children)

HOLY FUCK ITS GABE

[–]Xettanth [score hidden]  (0 children)

hi sir its me ur son

[–]JACKY MAOcaiorandom [score hidden]  (1 child)

WHO SHOULD I BE HATING NOW? IM CONFUSED

[–]sH4rk_ [score hidden]  (0 children)

James was only being himself! An ass!

[–]pm_me_your_yolo [score hidden]  (0 children)

NEW PRODUCTION COMPANY HYPE

[–]XavierCugatMamboKing [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thank you for the open and upfront communication.

[–]Synthex430 [score hidden]  (0 children)

haha love this guy

[–]WetDonkey6969 [score hidden]  (0 children)

HOLY SHIT PogChamp

D R A M A B O Y S PogChamp

[–]savvyxxl [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thats not really any information but oooooook

[–]ziadomran [score hidden]  (0 children)

WHAT'S HAPPENING!!!

[–]Kaos047 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Well this was fucking unprofessional...

"James is an ass" well no shit... What the fuck did you expect?

[–]Kojyneox [score hidden]  (0 children)

This is official... HOLY SHIT

[–]BAWMBS!nlnj_a [score hidden]  (0 children)

Gaben confirmed.

[–]IndifferentTaco- [score hidden]  (0 children)

THANK YOU GABE. THANK YOU

[–]fwosh [score hidden]  (0 children)

holy butts ok

[–]Thunderbolt8 [score hidden]  (0 children)

"We've had issues with James at previous events"

anyone care to elaborate? havent noticed anything about this. also why would they then tell james to be himself if they know what this means.

[–]jjas01 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Gabe just went in.

[–]You smell worse than Kunkka!scarecrowman175 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Appreciate the direct response, especially from the head honcho.

[–]Alright, TI6 CHAMPSHttdota [score hidden]  (0 children)

HOLY SHIT LORD GABEN HAS SPOKEN

James is an ass

...

wut

[–]MUH NIPPLEtrilyax [score hidden]  (0 children)

GabeN JAMES IS AN ASS GabeN

[–]http://steamcommunity.com/id/Nipps/Speyedur [score hidden]  (0 children)

Was there anything specific that James did to get fired? Did he hurt too many feelings :(

[–]I will backdoor your entire fucking baseThyJuiceBox [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thanks for talking to us Gabe, just hearing anything from you guys really makes a difference.

[–]Enstic [score hidden]  (0 children)

Holy fuck lord Gaben told us the true.

[–]puhsownuh [score hidden]  (0 children)

What in the fuck

[–]fngodzaxerone [score hidden]  (0 children)

This is incredibly unprofessional on valves part, this has to be a joke right.

[–]Ktk_ [score hidden]  (0 children)

is CSGO being ported to Source 2?

wait wrong subreddit

[–]dotabuff.com/players/46398245 4.5k trashMJawn [score hidden]  (0 children)

Based gabeN

[–]Zanthous [score hidden]  (0 children)

Thanks Gabe. Hope the tournament starts going better.

[–]icedemonq [score hidden]  (0 children)

DRAMA BOYS

[–]ExistentialPandabear [score hidden]  (0 children)

Zeus IRL hath spoken, silence mortals!

[–]renholderm [score hidden]  (0 children)

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.

who are you bringing in? Does that mean we'll start on time today...?

[–]bristleb[A]ck-san kawaii desu yoLiquorQuickly [score hidden]  (0 children)

Gabe comes in and drops the fucking hammer of thor, holy hell.

[–]Keeping Secret will kill you. - TAHowToBeEvil [score hidden]  (0 children)

HOLY FUCK

[–]Anionan [score hidden]  (0 children)

GabeN has no fucking chill

[–]Olive Gerbils-axyom [score hidden]  (0 children)

Wat... for a second I thought this was a shitpost until I saw the flair. Holy shit

[–]korl da demon killerStorm_soldat [score hidden]  (0 children)

HOLY SHIT

[–]Mastervivi10 [score hidden]  (0 children)

holy shit Gabe himself came down. This is gonna be good

[–]ak_911 [score hidden]  (0 children)

So much bullshit. Leaves such a bad taste.. All love is lost in this fiasco.. Giff 2GD

[–]@MightyMorlangmightymorlang [score hidden]  (0 children)

SILENCE! our Lord Gabe has spoken!

[–]spartibus [score hidden]  (0 children)

You're an ass, Gabe. How about you get some real support on Steam and a real project manager on CS:GO that knows anything about the game competitively?

[–]TrashCarryPlayer [score hidden]  (0 children)

Lord Gaben, emperor Gaben to Icefrog's army has spoken.

Now everyone get in line and buy more compendiums.

[–]Stwely [score hidden]  (0 children)

We're witnessing Dota drama history in the making, even Gaben came out to talk smack!

[–]darkarzy [score hidden]  (1 child)

this is why gaben is a god

he comes, he goes straight to the point, no bullshit.

gabEEn?

[–]Geordant [score hidden]  (0 children)

I have a distinct feeling that since Gabe has had his say and confirmed his behaviour quite succinctly, people will come around to the idea that James is gone and be fine with it.

I also think that by saying the production team is gone, they're gonna really fucking love Gaben and Vulva.

This is a ballsy move, let's see how it works out.

[–]thisisnotdiretide [score hidden]  (0 children)

Gabe, is this really you ? If you're reading this, plz hire someone at valve to remove the hidden pool thing and implement a better matchmaking system. Would appreciate !