Chinese Dota 2 pro Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao will not play at the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021, his organisation announced today.
BoBoKa will miss the first Major offline cross-regional event in over a year due to "personal reasons". This was officially reported via Team Aster's Weibo account.
It has also been confirmed that the team's assistant coach Cheng "Mad" Han will jump in as a temporary substitute for the event.
Team Aster's players and coach on their way to Singapore without BoBoKa (Picture: Team Aster)
And while there are no further details on these "personal reasons", in the Chinese community rumours are going around that Team Aster's Support has been caught in illegal activity, resulting in him being arrested.
Allegedly, BoBoKa was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. According to these rumours, he was arrested in an apartment in Shanghai and was even recognized by one of the officers and they were ready to let him go, but Boboka was scared from that whole situation and already admitted to paying 3000 RMB (~$400USD) for sexual services.
Although these rumours can not be confirmed, it's worth noting that they started appearing on Chinese social media almost 12 hours before the official statement from Team Aster, before it was even known that BoBoKa will not travel to Singapore with his team.
Regardless of what's the real reason behind his absence, the good thing for Team Aster is that they will compete, unlike Natus Vincere who recently withdrawn from the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
To find out more about the event, check out our Dota 2 Singapore Major guide.