Valve has finally come to a conclusion to the events that happened during iBuyPower CS:GO Tournament back in January and February of 2015. Players were purposely throwing matches to win bets placed on the other team.
Those involved were Braxton “swag” Pierce, Keven “AZK” Larivière, Sam “Dazed” MarineJoshua, “Steel” Nissan, Derek “dboorn" Boorn and Casey Foster.
Team iBuyPower was to face off against NetCodeGuides.com, a seemingly easy match up which they ended up losing 16-4. This was odd considering the players suspicious behavior during the match including random knife kill attempts and laughing when they lost. The truth came to surface when a players ex girlfriend took to reddit with evidence (via text messages) that the match had been fixed. Other teams came out and said they had offers to fix matches in the CS:GO scene as well.
Life time ban is a hefty punishment and these guys were surely made to be an example. Though the punishment may be a little overboard its still needed as it will warn off others trying to do the same thing. eSports is about competition and entertainment and these actions dull the experience for everyone.
Valve has released this statement below:
Professional Counter-Strike is very important to us and to our community. The audience’s trust in the integrity of the sport has allowed it to grow to the point where it entertains millions of fans. To ensure that the highest level of competition continues to entertain, that integrity can never be called into question.
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.
While bans can be disruptive and painful to some members of the community, they are sometimes necessary. We sincerely hope that we won’t have to issue more in the future.