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

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