The newest CS:GO league, FLASHPOINT will allow former VAC-banned players and cheaters to play in their upcoming league.
The decision to allow reformed cheaters and VAC-banned players will have a profound impact on some of the affected players’ careers. CS:GO fans can expect to see former IBuyPower players and several VAC-banned players back in action in the upcoming $2 million league.
FaceIT had initially announced that all VAC-banned players will not be eligible to play in its tournaments. As a result players like Steel, Swag could not play in the Esports Championship Series run by FaceIT. The recent decision to allow VAC-banned players to compete in the FLASHPOINT League will make FaceIT the third tournament organizer to allow such players. ESL and DreamHack lifted restrictions on VAC-banned players in 2017.
Former IbuyPower and current Chaos E.C. player Josh “steel” Nissan was excited to play once more. Steel is one of the In-Game Leaders in North America and FaceIT’s decision could see a significant rise in the player’s stock.
Swole Patrole recently completed their CS:GO roster after adding Sebastian ‘seb’ Bucki and Skyler ‘Relyks’ Weaver. They will compete in the qualifiers and if they succeeed, Swag could be the second banned player to be present at the event.
Valve’s rules still prevent these players from competing in CS:GO Majors, limiting their worth to Tier 1 teams. However, with a growing clamor to free these players and lift their bans, Valve might change their decision sooner than later.
The FLASHPOINT qualifiers kick off on February 6 and two teams will join the ten founding members of the League.