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As you may remember from about a year ago, Valve made the decision to ban professional CS:GO players for one year after being caught in a match fixing scandal that took place in the summer of 2014. As that year has almost come to pass by now – meaning the players would be able to play again – Valve made the announcement that the pros in question are now banned from all Valve-sponsored events permanently.
This all came about from a match involving pro teams iBUYPOWER and Netcodeguides.com. Essentially, the players got caught up in a betting scandal using CS:GO Lounge, where they used dummie accounts to place large bets on their respective team’s matches after determining who would win ahead of time. Well, I guess it’s not really a bet when you know who’s going to win but I digress.
Last January seven players were announced to have been given a one year ban from Valve events as well as the ESEA client. The banned players were Duc “cud” Pham, Derek “dboorn” Boorn, Casey Foster, Sam “Dazed” Marine, Braxton “swag” Pierce, Keven “AZK” Larivière, and Joshua “Steel” Nissan.
With CS:GO being one of the most popular professional e-sports, Valve has been looking at all of their options this past year and taking such an offense very seriously. The official news blog for CS:GO issued the announcement yesterday regarding the now permanent status of the players’ bans:
“As the scene grows, it’s an unfortunate reality that some individuals will seek opportunities to take advantage of their fans. We will continue to take whatever action we think is necessary to protect the entertainment value created by professional Counter-Strike, including, on occasion, terminating our relationship with individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to exploit their fans’ faith in the integrity of the sport.”
Hopefully this extreme action acts as a deterrent for other players who think that they may be able to get away with cheating in a professional setting. Fans expect to be entertained by high-caliber players competing for titles at major tournaments, they look to emulate these players in their own matches the same way kids in pee wee football look up to players in the NFL. When the integrity of the game is blemished like this scandal has caused, it creates mass amounts of disappointment in those who watch.
It is definitely a sad day for fans of the players who were banned, but it will hopefully create a more wholesome environment in the pro scene now that this particular scandal has been closed for good.