ESL brings consistency in VAC and Cheat ban policy.
Last week ESL has released an announcement surrounding the changes in the participation of players competing in the highest tier of tournaments, such as IEM, ESL One and ESL Pro League. As was posted on HLTV, players who have exceeded a period of 2 years from being banned by the Valve designed anti-cheat system will now be allowed to participate.
As was posted on Twitlonger, ESL explains - “This policy of a two year ban was also recently adopted by ESEA, which had previously used only 1 year ban. All of these changes are meant to create consistency for all future bans across all platforms throughout CSGO. So that VAC bans can also be included in this consistent overall framework, we therefore recently updated our competitive rulebook to bring our treatment of them in line with these policies.”
This will result in allowing some of the well-known faces of pro scene to compete. However, it is important to note that players found cheating under ESL’s own anti-cheat platform, ESL Wire was always banned for maximum period of 2 years. Also, these rule set only has the jurisdiction of tournaments organized by ESL and ESEA who themselves adopted the same rule recently. Although Valve sponsored events, like the Majors and the World Championship will still have the old rule set in effect.
However following this announcement, majority of the CS:GO community has also come up with a uniformity in other ban rule such as Match Fixing Bans, for which ESL has commented that, “The issue of how to best implement consistent and meaningful punishment for integrity violations of different forms & severity across different levels of competitions is however extremely complex and multifaceted, especially in the light of our ever growing industry. We will consult with with players, teams, organizations and sports integrity experts such as ESIC on whether the existing policies are still adequate for professional play in Counter-Strike.”
At present any player found guilty of match fixing is permanently banned from participating in any ESL sponsored event.
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