The Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player who was recently banned from the FACEIT Pro League has questioned the decision to ban him, labelling it a “mistake.”
FACEIT’s Partnerships Manager Milos ‘FACEIT Mikey’ Nedeljkovic posted on Twitter that Alexander, who goes by the alias ‘br0’, had been found to previously own an account that was VAC banned, and would no longer be allowed to compete in any of the company’s Pro League competitions.
In the aftermath of the situation, br0, who is believed to be around 16 years old, posted a TwitLonger in response to his ban which he feels is unfair.
Alexander states that three years ago, he allowed a friend from school to borrow his smurf account to play Counter-Strike on. When he got the account back, he realized “that he cheated on it, or at least cheated while having it.”
The Dane claims that he has chat logs and evidence to back up his side of the story, and would love to send it to FACEIT in an attempt to clear his name.
Br0 says he respects “the work FACEIT do against cheaters”, but that he strongly believes this is a mistake. Alexander also questions whether it’s fair to punish someone for mistakes they made as a child, asking: “The fact is I was 12 at the time, and now almost four years later, all the hard work I put into this has vanished. That’s not what FACEIT stands for, right?”
Fans of the FPL seem to agree, with many people tweeting Mikey saying that it is unfair to enforce a lifetime ban on a player who made a mistake when they were 12.
This situation regarding cheating in CS:GO comes hot on the heels of the news of forsaken, former member of OpTic India, getting caught cheating while competing in a LAN event.
Nedeljkovic has yet to respond directly to br0’s TwitLonger, but did post a thread on Twitter that stated the lifetime ban rule was originally implemented by players in the league, and that playing in the FPL was a “privilege, not a right”.
We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.
The oldest rule of FPL, brought together by the players, is that players with CSGO VAC/FACEIT ban can't compete inside FPL and FPLC. They are completely online competitions for money that are very vulnerable to this issue and players are not comfortable with allowing them inside.— Milos Nedeljkovic (@Faceit_Mikey) October 25, 2018
They can still play on FACEIT with a VAC. Enter different leagues/hubs with different rules. FPL is a community in it's own, a hub, with specific rules decided together with the players. It's not a LAN, it's not a FACEIT league. It's a privilege to play inside, not a right.— Milos Nedeljkovic (@Faceit_Mikey) October 25, 2018