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Three CS:GO pro players banned just days before DreamHack Winter

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DreamHack Winter 2014 kicks off on the 27th of November which is this Thursday.Three top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have received in-game bans through VAC. This has raised questions on not only their previous performances (tournaments and such that they have won), but also the horrible thought that other players of the same calibre could be using this specific cheat too.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time either. The CS:GO component of this DreamHack event has a prize pool of $250 000. The stakes are high, which means some players could give in to the temptation of cheating.

The three players in question are Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, Simon “smn” Beck, and Gordon “Sf” Giry (via PC Gamer)

KQLY, the most prominent player of the three, admitted in a statement on Facebook that he had used a third-party program “for seven days.” KQLY denied using the program while he was a member of Titan (during the DreamHack Invitational, for example, which Titan won).

“As you may have seen yesterday, I was banned by VAC and unfortunately it was justified,” KQLY wrote. “I wanted to say that I am really sorry for all the people who supported me, I am aware that with my bullshit, my career is now over and my team in a very bad position. They did not deserve it.”

I’d say. What annoys me the most is that their teams have been booted from the competition. Imagine being one of those teammates – you’ve worked your butt off to get to the position you are at, and then one or two idiots go and screw it up with some hacking. This is assuming they were unaware of course.

The problem is, the exploit or hack used is almost undetectable, so for all we know, loads of other players could be making use of it. Duncan “Thooorin” Shields, an eSport commentator, spoke about the shed some light on YouTube.

“It’s a cheat that doesn’t even have an extreme effect—unless you really abuse it—it has layers to it where it can just give you a slight advantage in aiming. So if you’re already one of the best players in the world, it’ll make it so you just look like you’re having your best game. It won’t even seem like you’re hacking and that was an impossible movement.”

“This is a cheat that doesn’t have anything visible on the screen. The only way you’d know if someone did it is if you caught them at the point they installed it on that machine and activated it.”

I’m not sure how difficult it is to find the cheat AFTER the installation, but I’m sure DreamHack will do something about it (check player’s machines before a game or something maybe). That or players that know the hack has been discovered will remove it themselves. I wonder if any top teams will see a drop in performance?

Stories like this fascinate me, because you think with something like cycling for example, there are always doubts around whether the top athletes are doping or not. How could this sort of thing happen in eSports though? It’s kind of sad to think that it has similar problems, seeing as  hacking is the same as doping in a sense.

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Last Updated: November 24, 2014


  1. No drugs ?

    Pitty , but that’s what pressure can do


  2. Hammersteyn

    November 24, 2014 at 12:08

    He’s only sorry that he got caught, else he would still be using it. Same goes for the other two and anyone else that gets caught.


    • Corrie

      November 24, 2014 at 12:32

      Sadly that’s the negative of competitive esports, but yeah he went and screwed it up for his team


      • HairyEwok

        November 24, 2014 at 12:33

        Still it is rather BS, if a pro athlete gets caught using enhancing drugs he gets knocked the Fack out, not the entire team.


        • Corrie

          November 24, 2014 at 12:39

          I think to replaced a player in these tournaments must be extremely difficult or necessarily impossible, unlike soccer or any physical team based sport that has those warming the bench, I could be wrong on that but that’s how I see it, they should impose fine’s on players

          Won’t be surprised how many that get banned will just create a new account and purchase another copy of CS GO and they’re back on they’re merrily way pawning noobs.

          I can’t really play CS:GO since it’s quite hungry on data


        • Weanerdog

          November 24, 2014 at 15:54

          Well Astana cycle team had to pull out of a recent cycle tour and effectively get a 1 month ban due to having 2 positive drug samples over a certain period. granted it is down to a code of conduct they signed and is not an actual rule in the sport but that is the way it is going.


      • Weanerdog

        November 24, 2014 at 15:51

        Unless they were all using it and only he was caught, also if he is cheating now maybe he cheated his way through the qualifiers and the team does not deserve their spot. Only they will know.


  3. HairyEwok

    November 24, 2014 at 12:16

    Dreamhack actually have their own systems that the teams play on, like the DoTA 2 comps. So they wont be able to even use the hack thus showing how poopy they actually are.


    • Matthew Holliday

      November 24, 2014 at 12:28

      regardless of whether or not theyr using their pc or ones supplied by the event hosters, no one is dumb enough to risk going to a live event with the hack installed.
      the players wouldnt be setting up their own rigs for the event, so all it takes is one curious techy and theyd be overs.


      • HairyEwok

        November 24, 2014 at 12:32

        Would it be considered dumb if the guy knows nobody would ever suspect such stupidity and just do it.


        • Matthew Holliday

          November 24, 2014 at 13:05

          thats exactly what theyr expecting him to suspect.


      • Tom R

        November 30, 2014 at 19:33

        The difference between Lan and online tournaments. As opposed to lan tournaments they use their own pc’s in online tournaments making getting caught more difficult.


        • Matthew Holliday

          November 30, 2014 at 21:58

          i know, but i was just pointing out that its besides the point, even IF they used their own PCs at a lan, not that they do, no one would be that dumb.


  4. Lance Armstrong's Nut.

    November 24, 2014 at 12:37

    Lance Armstrong’s Nut has tough us, that to be the best you have to cheat. If you not cheating, then you never going to beat the cheaters.

    Lance Armstrong got rid of his Nut to make his bike lighter. Why do you think he was winning all the time, cause most of the cyclists had 2 nuts.
    By the end Lance didn’t win. Why. Because Lance only had one nut. Everybody else got rid of both their nuts.


  5. Captain JJ the fair

    November 24, 2014 at 12:53

    I bet he wishes that being caught for his Hack is just a Dream.


  6. Willem Swanepoel

    November 24, 2014 at 15:09

    It is actually funny, they are banning people that Hack at DreamHack. Guess their dreams are now hacked too.

    It is so stupid to cheat to give you that slight advantage over the guys who uses their pure skill to kick ass.

    I stand with Dreamhack, if you cheat and not even on their platform, you get booted … unlucky biatch.

    Just look at that guy’s post. “it is a cheat but it is only wrong if you abuse it” LOL the arrogance … BAN this ass!


  7. Shaun Dunning

    November 30, 2014 at 22:21

    I wonder if an top team will se a drop in performance you say … YEP look at nip look at fanatic who had to cheat to try win.. csgo community is just a hack fest


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