In January 2015, then Valve levied the bans against the iBP team and their co-conspirators, ESEA was the first 3rd party platform to ban the players and encouraged all other organizations to mirror the Valve ban. Since this time a lot has changed in the competitive CS:GO landscape and we felt it was proper to once again review the bans, and we started that process earlier this year.
In conjunction with ESL, with recommendations from The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), we have developed clear rules for ESEA, ESL Pro League, ESL One and IEM events around cheating in competitions. These rules will take effect August 1st, 2017, but most importantly, all indefinite match-fixing bans placed on players before February 15, 2015, have been lifted.
Starting with Season 26 of the ESEA League, all previously banned players will be allowed to compete in the ESEA League with no restrictions. Season 26 of the Mountain Dew League will see teams fight their way for a spot in the ESL Pro League.
The following sanctions for the first offence will be implemented:
Cheating: Disqualification from the tournament, results voided, forfeiture of prize money, ban between 2 year and lifetime depending on age and level of player and nature/size of tournament and how the player cheated. Cheating at a competition played above an amateur level (i.e. where significant prize pool is involved, or a qualification for a professional event is at stake) should normally result in a 5 year ban, but, in aggravating circumstances, can result in a lifetime ban.
Match-Fixing/betting fraud: Results voided, 5 year ban unless significant mitigating factors in line with the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code or, in the presence of aggravating circumstances, a longer ban, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).
Doping by using performance-enhancing substances: Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).
Competition manipulation and bribery: Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification)
We understand that there will be very mixed reactions on the result of the unbans. A lot of steps took place before the decision was made to unban the players, and it was not a rash decision. The players are still banned by Valve, meaning they will not be eligible to compete at Valve Majors or any other Valve sponsored events.