Nearly a year after a notorious scandal, Valve has clarified their stance on the punishment for match-fixing in pro Counter-Strike from indefinite to Permanent.
Teams like iBuyPower,NetCodeGuides.com and Team Torqued—whose members were found to have participated in a major match-fixing conspiracy in early 2015, rendering their name retroactively hilarious—languishing in “indefinite” time-out, Valve finally handed down a definitive verdict. In short, if anyone has been found guilty of match-fixing or is found guilty in the future, they’re out. Forever. Valve wrote:
“Back in January and early February 2015 we took action after we discovered that a small number of professional CS:GO players were engaged in match-fixing. Our decision was to ban these players indefinitely from involvement in Valve-sponsored events. To clarify, the bans for these players are permanent, and players proven to have taken part in match-fixing will be permanently banned.”
“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.”
Valve’s scene-splitting lightning bolt from on high has not come without controversy. As the same thing happened in DOTA 2 prior to this event. Both should be perma-banned in our opinion as they knew what they were doing.
Being questioned weather the penalty is too tough, Valve stands by their decision. Even if it leaves portions of the CSGO community on shaky footing right now, they believe it’s for the greater good.
“While bans can be disruptive and painful to some members of the community, they are sometimes necessary,” Valve wrote. “We sincerely hope that we won’t have to issue more in the future.”