Valve kicked off 2016 by confirming that bans given to the players involved in the match fixing incident of August 21st, 2014 (involving team iBUYPOWER) will be permanent, preventing the players from participating in any future tournament sponsored by Valve. This ban will also include team Epsilon.
On a statement posted earlier by the CS:GO developers on their blog, the company confirmed there was a substantial number of high value items being transferred between the players involved in the scandal. This, on top of the proof they already had, made them come to this final decision.
The following players won’t be able to participate in any Valve sponsored event:
Duc “cud” Pham
Derek “dboorn” Boorn
Sam “Dazed” Marine
Braxton “swag” Pierce
Keven “AZK” Larivière
Joshua “Steel” Nissan
As stated on Valve’s official Counter-Strike.net blog:
“Professional players, their managers, and teams’ organization staff, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.”
This is not the first time Valve took action regarding match fixing, and sadly it’s not the first time we’ve see such a scandal in eSports.
In 2013 the gaming network StarLadder TV banned Alexey “Solo” Berezin from participating on any future Dota 2 tournament being held by them (this being the origin of the 322 meme on the Dota 2 scene, after he allegedly made $322 from this match fix).
On October 19, 2014 a series of match fixing incidents were uncovered in the Dota 2 SEA (South East Asia) scene, ending with the permanent ban for team Arrow Gaming. Arrow Gaming was later disqualified from The Summit 2 for their involvement on this scandal.
It is believed that it was during The International 4 (July 2014), that the strong rules regarding permanent bans for match fixing came into effect.
Earlier today Mineski reported that team Stars was disqualified from Shanghai’s Dota 2 major qualifiers due to their past involvement on a match fixing incident. The same ban prevents Team Redemption (ex Arrow Gaming) from competing in the qualifiers.
The future for some of the players involved in past match fixing incidents, especially for some players who are currently participating in CS:GO minor’s qualifiers and Dota 2 qualifiers, is uncertain.