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Notorious CS:GO YouTuber banned after years of cheating accusations

Published: 28/May/2019 10:29 Updated: 28/May/2019 16:55

by Connor Bennett


Popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive YouTuber Zuhn has been struck down by with a ban from Steam on at least two of his accounts.

Valve dishes out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans to players who opt to use hacks in games like CS:GO that run on VAC-secured servers, which regularly scan for potential cheaters. Bans can be handed out on a case-by-case basis or in one sweeping ban wave that wipes out a regularly used exploit of some sort that has reared its head in-game.

However, game bans can also be handed out via overwatch (a system where fellow players can monitor suspicious behavior) or by the developers themselves. For Zuhn, it would appear that it was not VAC, but some other means of catching cheaters, that he fell foul of.

ValvePlayers can be banned from CS:GO for a number of different reasons – but VAC ban cheats are the main reason.

Zuhn, who has been accused of cheating for some time, and allegedly uploaded videos demonstrating those exploits in the past, lost two accounts – YouTuber and ZuhnRawr – to game bans on May 27.

After receiving the bans, Zuhn wasn’t sure on the reasoning behind them, pleading his innocence by tweeting: “Welp. The only thing I can think to say right now is [a] false overwatch ban. It’s obvious I don’t cheat but we’ll see what happens. I don’t know what’s going on.”

He followed up by referring to how another YouTuber named Foekroka received a VAC ban back in December of 2018, which was eventually overturned after an appeal and support from the community. Zuhn stated that he was absolutely certain that the black mark against his name would be taken away, too. 

The fact that both of his accounts received game bans at the same time has caused some CS:GO fans to assume that the ban was handed out manually by the developers rather than some sort of simple overwatch ban, but this is far from confirmed.

However, unlike Foekroka, it’s unlikely that Zuhn will receive the same level of community support considering the accusations put against him in the past. In fact, many members of the CS:GO scene seemed to revel in the fact that he was banned.

Popular community member DonHaci posted a screenshot of the account with the caption ‘pretends to be shocked’ attached.

The YouTuber even ran a poll, asking his followers if they believed he was a cheater. The ‘Yes’ option won by an overwhelming margin of 80% to 20%.

After more posts protesting his innocence, Zuhn posted screenshots of a private message conversation with a fan who believed he was being ‘report bottled.’ The viewer revealed that the YouTuber had received 132 reports against him but the in-game match ID that could explain why he had been banned was ultimately missing.

Will Zuhn be unbanned?

Despite the ban, nobody is quite sure of the reason behind it, despite the reasoning being a game ban. Valve can hand out suspensions in multiple games for multiple reasons – not just for potential hacking in CS:GO. 

Zuhn posted that it could be a ‘grief’ or an Overwatch ban – where veteran CS:GO players are tasked with uncovering cheaters by watching replays of matches with reports – which the game ban would give credence to, but even he doesn’t know for sure.

It remains to be seen if the YouTuber will have his ban overturned if it indeed turns out to be a false suspension. We will update this story as and when anything develops.

This post was last updated on Tuesday May 28 at 7:38 am Eastern Time.


BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.