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Gabe Newell Fires Shanghai Major Host and Production Team

Gabe Newell, the heart and soul of Valve, has fired Shanghai Major host and production team. The man behind the well-known Half Life series took to reddit to address the issue and explained what is going on.

According to GabeN, host James ‘2GD’ Harding was “an ass” and Valve had issues with him at previous events as well. It was time for him to go, he was only brought back because some people at Valve lobbied to bring him back for this event. However, Valve had enough of his shenanigans.

Two things:

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.
As always, I can be reached at


The production company was also fired by GabeN. It is said that the company, Perfect World, performance poorly and had a hard time managing situations. They were also responsible for delays and had poor production values such as audio issues, lag, equipment issues with players, and more.

GabeN is a calm guy and don’t usually react like this, so it is pretty clear that James screwed up big time. We are yet to hear his side of the story though. However, James will be sharing his side soon.

This is why my statement is taking sometime. It seems more personal than professional. So I will respond. Just for the record gabe, I don’t think you are an ass. But I don’t think you are right about me (well maybe you are a bit of an ass for calling me an ass, but let’s find out what others think shall we?). Brb

We will have more for you on the story later today.