Given the recent lifetime bans issued to American and Canadian CS:GO players due to their match-fixing and betting ring scandals, multiple professional players and community members have spoken up - stating that a lifetime without CS:GO tournaments is too harsh, requesting that the ban be shortened to one year at most.
One of the most notable people having their voice heard is that of Filip "NEO" Kubski. Widely regarded as one of the best Counter-Strike players of all time, NEO has won the 'player of the decade' award twice throughout his CS 1.6 history and has seen his fair share of global tournament attendances and wins throughout his CS 1.6 and CS:GO careers.
In a post to his public Facebook page, NEO states:
If you're wondering what the link on his post points to, it's a comedic yet saddening video likening the bans of these players as their deaths. With a full funeral ceremony taking place within CS:GO's popular De_Dust2 map.
The petition currently has 2,204 supporters at the time of writing this article, with only 296 needed until the bar is completely full. Do you agree with this statement? What do you think the ban consequences should be? The banned players in question are as follows:
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