Valve has announced that with the start of the next season of esports in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, some of the banned players will return to official tournaments.
Until yesterday, players blocked by the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) security system could not participate in the events sponsored by the CS: GO publisher, and thus also in the most important events on the professional stage – the Major series.
“But the VAC bans maybe eight years old today, so we’ve decided to change them,” says Valve’s official announcement. Under the partial amnesty, tournament bans will not apply if the penalties are more than five years old.
At the same time, nothing changes with the accounts of such people on Steam. From a technical point of view, players interested in returning to the competition will have to train on a completely different account, as they remain blocked by the VAC.
Also, bans granted for other reasons – such as match-fixing by the iBUYPOWER team – are not lifted, although more than six years have passed since the event.
The most famous players who will be able to return to the competition organized by Valve are Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, Joel “emilio” Mako, and Emil “zaider” Brandt, who has already been banned three times in his career.