Actor and Liquid ambassador, Asa Butterfield is not happy with Valve’s TI11 production

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Oct 17

Asa Butterfield, a popular actor renowned for his role as Otis in Sex Education, just dropped a tweet shading Valve’s TI11 production. He compared Valve’s biggest Dota 2 tournament, The International, to a Smash tournament, stating that the difference in production makes “Valve look like an indie studio.”

A Twitter user replied to his Tweet, saying that the production is under PGL. To this, Asa responded: “Yes but if my builder hired a team of penguins to fix my roof, I’m not gonna blame the penguins when it falls in. This is on Valve.”

Asa Butterfield is not only active in the film industry but also contributes to esports and Dota 2. He is currently Team Liquid’s brand ambassador and has been actively partaking in Liquid’s content.

As TI11 Group Stage kickstarted today (October 15th), the actor expressed his dissatisfaction with the production and it’s not surprising. Since broadcasts began, the Dota 2 sub-Reddit has been bombarded by complaints regarding production quality.

The broadcasts experienced in-game lags, frame drops, audio issues, and many more obnoxious errors. During the start of the day, random footage appeared on stream. PGL’s Twitch extension, which serves to portray in-game info, also displayed wrong or outdated information.

A user on Reddit also shared a screenshot of TI11’s graphic which displayed a loading icon.

The community also complained about why the main TI Twitch channel is inactive. The “dota2ti” Twitch holds 1 million followers as compared to the PGL main channel with 360K followers. Activating the TI channel could bring more viewers to the prestigious tournament.

Occasional production errors have usually been of insignificant concern. But this tournament sees a deeply flawed production that is unacceptable to the community. And plus the fact that this is supposed to be The International – a tournament of high prestige – it’s understandable that people are upset.

This is not the first time Valve and PGL fall under criticism. For months, continuous bad news swarmed the Dota 2 community – from the disappointing Battle Pass, declining prize pool, off-site panel, Beyond the Summit’s departure from the scene, and more. Things have just been looking grim and TI11’s upsetting production is not helping.

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