Valve issued a statement Saturday condemning the recent racist comments from Dota 2 professionals.

In its statement, the ​Dota 2 developer and publisher explained its approach to the situation. While it typically prefers to let players be themselves, it took a firm stance against racist language in the community.

"We want to be very clear," it wrote, "that Valve will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form. We think it is really damaging to the entire Dota community whenever even a single professional player uses discriminatory language."

The statement goes on to place the onus on teams to mete out forceful punishments for offending players.

This latest Dota 2 racism incident began Nov. 2 when Rolen Andrei Gabriel "Skemberlu" Ong used a derogatory term in a match against Royal Never Give Up at the ​DreamLeague Season 10 Minor.

Despite a ​swift response from Skemberlu's team, compLexity Gaming, the controversy continued to grow as it was revealed TNC Predator player Carlo "Kuku" Palad had used the same slur during a pub game with Royal Never Give Up.

Uproar spread quickly through the Chinese Dota community. As days passed and Valve remained silent, Chinese Dota fans began review bombing Dota's page on the Steam store, accruing thousands of negative reviews over a matter of days.

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