ESL lifetime ban on six Counter-Strike players lifted

The tournament organizer ESL and the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) committee has jointly announced that six Valve-banned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players will be eligible to participate in competitions hosted by ESL beginning August 1.

A lifetime ban had previously been placed on the players by  Valve and affiliate tournament organizers like ESL, PGL, DreamHack, and the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

The six players, formerly of iBUYPOWER and Epsilon Esports, were cleared after a rule change by the ESIC to outline a more consistent ruling against players who cheat, match-fix, dope, or take competitive bribes in competitions governed by the body.

Sam “DaZeD” Marine, Joshua “Steel” Nissan, Keven “AZK” Lariviere, Braxton “swag” Pierce, Joey “Fxy0” Schlosser, and Kevin “Uzi” Vernel were had been prohibited from taking part in any CS:GO events for match-fixing since January and February 2015.

They would now be allowed to play in non-Valve sponsored ESL events, such as the ESL Pro League, ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters events as long as those tournaments do not have a Valve-designated major title associated with them.

However, other organizers remain wary of the situation. DreamHack, who shares a parent company with ESL in MTG and participates in the ESIC, said that it has not changed its stance on disallowing the Valve-banned players to compete in its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions.

Additionally, future cheaters if found guilty will be banned for a period with a minimum of two years, with a potential of a lifetime ban, depending on a number of factors, including age, level of play, and nature of the tournament. Any match-fixers will also be on the receiving end of an automatic five year ban.

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