CSGO pros call out ESEA and DreamHack over alleged cheaters

Published: 21/Sep/2019 23:57 Updated: 22/Sep/2019 0:17

by Scott Robertson


During an online qualifier match for the DreamHack Rotterdam event, a player named ‘holmyz’ for Pharsyde hit a ridiculous running headshot on an enemy covered by smoke. While the kill itself is questionable, it has also raised conversation about whether he should be allowed to play, given his banned status on another platform.

During the European Open qualifier for the DreamHack Open Rotterdam event that’s scheduled for later in October, pharsyde defeated The Dice 16-11 on Inferno to advance to the next round. Their next scheduled opponents, RADNICKI, forfeited due to refusing to play against pharsyde.

This kill by Pharsyde’s holmyz has sparked yet another discussion about the legitimacy of this European squad:

RADNICKI player Petar ‘HOLMES’ Demitrijevic made a point the address the illegitimacy when he announced their forfeiture:

“you cannot beat completely unknown new upcoming talents with private profiles and barely played pugs on their ESEA/FACEit matches”

On FACEIT, both holmyz and his teammate mauw1 have been banned for cheating, but they have not been banned on ESEA, which is the anti-cheat being used for these DreamHack qualifiers. Holymz has been linked to cheating in the past, when pro player Kristian ‘akEz’ Kornbakk provided an alleged recording of holmyz admitting to purchasing and using cheats:

“I haven’t played legit in like two weeks. I been playing these shit tournaments and fucking won but someone is trying to expose me and they need to look demos etc, they wont find any cheat, but other things they might expose, its not good, but I think it will be fine.”

After the forfeit by RADNICKI, Pharsyde have moved on to the closed qualifiers to face GamerLegion, which features CS:GO legend Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman, who has sounded off about this team in the past. When the most recent clip went viral, dennis called out ESEA and DreamHack directly about the alleged cheaters:

“I’ve played so many of your tournaments and I’ve enjoyed them all but this is just too much. You need to get your shit together and ban these cheaters. Can’t believe you’re actually letting them play.”

Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin, in-game leader for Team Vitality, also chimed in and suggested that FACEIT and ESEA share a cheaters database:

Currently the match between pharsyde and GamerLegion is still scheduled for September 22. It will be a best-of-three series.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.