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CSGO pro Jamppi sued wrong company over Valve VAC ban

Published: 16/Jun/2020 13:11 Updated: 16/Jun/2020 16:14

by Calum Patterson


Professional CS:GO player, Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen, currently engaged in a legal battle over his ban from Valve-sponsored tournaments due to a VAC ban, apparently sued the wrong company in pursuing damages.

The 18-year-old player is hoping to see his Major tournament ban lifted, as well as seeking €268,092 in compensation for earnings missed out on due to the punishment.

Valve responded to the lawsuit in May 2020, and their response has been obtained by Finnish website Ilta-Sanomat.

The company that Jamppi sued, and who responded, was Valve GmbH – not Valve Corporation. Valve Corp is the company founded in 1996 that owns and operates Counter-Strike, while Valve GmbH is a subsidiary founded in 2016.

In their response, Valve GmbH rejected Olkkonen’s complaint on all grounds, stating that he has brought an action against the “wrong company” and on “the wrong grounds.”

Valve GmbH is focused on manufacturing and technology, not on the software of games made by Valve, and “does not own or manage the CS game or its licenses in any way.” The German company was not even around at the time of the VAC ban in question, in 2015.

Jamppi competing in CSGO.
An account associated with Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015, when he was 14.

Additionally, according to the response, the District Court of Eastern Uusimaa has no jurisdiction to hear the case because Valve GmbH is based in Germany, and does not conduct any business in Finland.

The reply also states that the claim for damages of over 250,000 Euros is also unfounded, because the company cannot be responsible for a third party organization not entering an employment contract with Jamppi.

Valve GmbH argues that “The district court should therefore dismiss the case as inadmissible before incurring further legal costs.”

Jamppi, who plays for ENCE, remains ineligible to compete in CS:GO Majors, because a Steam account previously associated with him was VAC banned in 2015.

The player claims that he had not been using the account at that time, and is hoping his tournament ban can be lifted now that he is performing at the highest level.


BLAST Premier coming to BBC iPlayer to show CSGO on demand

Published: 19/Nov/2020 11:24

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike event series BLAST Premier will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Danish tournament organizers have partnered with the British broadcaster for their remaining three events, in which over £1.5m will be awarded to participating teams.

The events that fans can watch through the BBC are the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown on November 24-29, the BLAST Premier Fall Final on December 8-13, and the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19-24.

The action will still be available to watch on Twitch and YouTube for fans outside of the United Kingdom, or simply for those who prefer the traditional streaming platforms.

G2 Esports Niko Joins
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NiKo debuted for G2 Esports at BLAST Premier Fall Series.

BLAST recently wrapped up their Premier Fall event, which featured 12 top teams battling for $150,000. OG, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports each received $25,000 and 1600 BLAST Premier points, while Natus Vincere, BIG, and Astralis earned $12,500 and 800 points — all of them, however, booked their spot in the Fall 2020 Finals.

Ninjas in Pyjamas, Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and FURIA all performed underwhelmingly and will have to duke it out in the Fall Showdown. Only two of these sides will eventually find their way to the Fall Finals.

“The BBC is admired around the world for its standard of excellence, and its digital platforms provide the perfect destination for BLAST Premier’s fans based in the United Kingdom to watch the world’s best Counter-Strike players go head-to-head,” said Alexander Lewin, BLAST’s VP Distribution and Programming.

Over the course of 2020, presumably due to the absence of many major sporting events, BBC have embraced esports across their digital streaming platforms.

This year alone, they broadcasted the Rocket League European Spring Series, sim racing competition W Series Esports League, and League of Legends tournaments UKLC and NLC.

In previous years, the broadcasters have opted to pick up Gfinity’s Elite Series and Dota 2 major ESL One Birmingham.