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Flashpoint reverse CSGO VAC ruling to allow reformed cheaters to play

Published: 6/Feb/2020 5:40

by Andrew Amos


A much-requested change into the CS:GO professional ruleset is coming, in one league at least, as Flashpoint (formerly known as B-Site) will be allowing players with VAC bans before 2018 to participate in their events.

After initially announcing that all VAC-banned players would not be eligible to play in their events, FACEIT has backflipped and allowed reformed cheaters and match-fixers to play in their upcoming Flashpoint League.

They become the third tournament organizer to revoke permanent suspensions on VAC bans, after ESL and DreamHack did so back in 2017.

Steel playing for Ghost Gaming
Players like Steel with CS:GO competitive bans dating back to before 2018 will be able to play in Flashpoint.

Flashpoint announced the changes on February 5 after “reviewing [their] rules around VAC-banned players for the Open Qualifiers.”

Under section 5.1 of the Flashpoint rules detailing Anti-cheat, “any player with a VAC ban prior to February 5, 2018 is allowed to participate in the competition.”

It follows a similar line to ESL’s two-year rulings for VAC bans, although for Flashpoint, it’s a hard cutoff for now.

The ruling will mean that some of the game’s most talented players will be given a second chance for cheating years, and for some, even decades ago.

The ruling will allow players like North American veteran Josh ‘steel’ Nissan, who was caught up in the 2014 iBP matchfixing scandal, his former teammate Braxton ‘swag’ Pierce, and Finnish prodigy Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen to participate in the upcoming event.

Steel, now with Chaos Esports Club, revealed he has been given an invite to the North American Open Qualifiers for the Flashpoint League as a result. “See you in B-site, B for not_Banned,” he said.

Swag’s Swole Patrol will also have a chance of qualifying for the event, after filling out their roster with Sebastian ‘seb’ Bucki and Skyler ‘Relyks’ Weaver, both formerly of Team Singularity.

While VAC-banned players are still banned from participating in BLAST events and Valve-sponsored majors, the move is a step forward for some of the game’s youngest stars who made mistakes before they could go pro.

It’s unclear as to whether VAC-banned players will be able to participate in the league after qualifying, with the rule change currently only applying to that side of the event. Two teams will join the likes of Dignitas, MIBR, and Cloud9 in the 12-team league from these qualifiers, which start on February 6.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.