Yesterday we reported on numerous French and Polish CS:GO players being handed life-long Valve bans due to alleged match-fixing issues. The Polish ex-ESCGaming team were hard hit by this ruling as they were destined to compete in a major tournament within one week of the ban taking place.
Thanks to information provided by HLTV, the Poles appealed the ban, asking Valve exactly why the ban took place and further requesting for evidence to be supplied. To which, a representative from Valve replied: "The ex-ESC players were restricted from participating in Valve-sponsored events because their historical account activity matched allegations of misconduct." Without any solid evidence in place, the ruling was immediately revoked - "However, further investigation has clarified their role in the matter, and the restriction has been lifted."
Is this a little worrying to anyone else? Valve has seemingly placed a life-long ban on these professional players, thus killing their careers and income completely and have done so without any concrete evidence in place?
The ban being lifted means that they can now compete for the last available Katowice spot in a few days time.