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CSGO pro Jamppi sues Valve over permanent VAC ban

Published: 27/Mar/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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Rising CSGO star Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen has reportedly sued Valve for damages over a permanent VAC ban that prevented the player from signing with OG.

Jamppi had his CS:GO career taken away from him before it even began. The rising Finnish star of European Counter-Strike was VAC banned in 2015, years before he started making waves in the professional scene.

Now, at 18, almost five years on, the player alleges the permanent suspension from Valve is damaging his career, and preventing him from doing his job.

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Jamppi has sued Valve over a 2015 VAC ban on an account he handed onto a friend.

According to a report by DBLTAP, Jamppi has filed legal proceedings against the multi-billion dollar developer over what the player claims is a false VAC ban.

The lawsuit, filed in Finland where Jamppi lives, alleges the player bought a copy of CS:GO for a friend in 2015 so they could play together at a LAN party. After the party, Jamppi sold the account, but received a VAC ban months afterwards.

When Jamppi contacted Valve to state he no longer had access to the account in question, the company allegedly told the player that the ban would remain.

VAC bans prevent players from participating in Valve-sanctioned tournaments, but not ESL, Dreamhack, BLAST, or Flashpoint events. Jamppi alleges this was the reason he was unable to sign with OG, even after multiple attempts to contact Valve in regards to overturning the ban more recently.

Jamppi reportedly also reached out to the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA) to get assistance from the player’s union. While the union initially helped the Finn, discussions eventually went silent, according to reports.

The CSPPA declined to comment on the situation, saying that “it has evolved to a legal proceeding which CSPPA is not a party to.

“We have earlier been in dialogue with the manager and the lawyer of Jamppi and will continue the dialogue and follow the case,” the union said in a statement. “It is the position of CSPPA the integrity of the game is of utmost importance.”

Under section 1C of the Steam Subscriber Agreement, users “may therefore not sell or charge others for the right to use your Account…other than if specifically permitted by Valve.”

Jamppi is currently signed with SJ Gaming, but hasn’t represented the organization since December 2019. Valve are yet to comment on proceedings.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.