Valve clarifies ban policy, Steel, Dazed, swag, others are perma-banned

by Daniel Rosen Jan 5 2016
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Valve has clarified their position on the bans they gave out in early 2015 to players from iBUYPOWER and, and informed the community that those players are permanently banned.

When the ban was initially handed down by Valve, the company did not mention how long it would last. Today, Valve has clarified that all players ever banned by Valve from Valve-sponsored events will never be unbanned.

Players from iBUYPOWER and were accused of match fixing during a game in CEVO Season 5, and members of the two teams were banned as a result. Those players, Duc "cud" Pham, Derek "dboorn" Boorn, Sam "Dazed" Marine, Braxton "swag" Pierce, Keven "AZK" Lariviere, Joshua "Steel" Nissan and founder Casey Foster will never be allowed to participate in Valve-sponsored events.

"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," Valve stated in a press release.

While this statement in particular made specific reference to iBUYPOWER and, the perma-ban policy extends to all CS:GO bans given out by Valve.

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