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ESL to allow VAC banned players to compete in its events

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Being brandished with a VAC ban has, prior to this point, effectively left players effectively dismissed from competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. But now, ESL has announced that players who have acquired VAC bans will be able to compete in its events after a two-year period.
ESL, when asked by HLTV.org confirmed that the updated ruleset will apply to its Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One events. Meaning VAC banned players will have the possibility of competing in some of the biggest CS:GO events in the world.

This does not, however, mean the players will be allowed to compete in Valve's own CS:GO Majors, which currently offer the largest prize pools in the game. The rule change from ESL is a historic one, as VAC banned players have been essentially ostracized from competing in large-scale events, in the past.

Given the fact that the infamous event known as "the VACenning", which implicated former Titan rifler Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian, occurred on Nov. 20, 2014, the new rule from ESL means that he will once again be eligible to compete at ESL events.

It doesn't seem as if the prospect of returning competitive play is something that excites the former Titan player, however, as he told HLTV.org earlier this evening that: "I do not think it will change anything, though. Even if I am allowed to play in these tournaments, it will be very hard to find people willing to trust you or an organisation wishing to take you in."

While this rule change may inspire some controversy, a conversation could now be started regarding what is considered a justifiable punishment for cheating in the competitive scene.

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bodyy AWP-wallbangs vs. Astralis on Cache

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Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro managed to hit the exact same wallbang two rounds in a row during an ESL Pro League match vs. Astralis.
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Spearheaded by former Big Brother producer Robin Jönsson, "Gamerz" will see two of Sweden's most veteran players coach a new generation of professional gamers.
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The Brazilian Immortals and Luminosity Gaming squads have been invited to Esports Arena Showdown Championship. There, the teams will face up against Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garridos' Denial Esports, as well as Ryan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir's team Swole Patrol.
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With former iBUYPOWER member swag in top form last weekend in California at cs_summit Spring 2017, where he stood in for Cloud9, some begun wondering if there might ever come a time when a team will accept missing Valve’s majors to field one of the banned players at other events. And rightfully so.
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The second DreamHack Open stop of the year will be taking place at the Austin Convention Center later today, where a total of eight teams will be fighting for a 100,000 USD prize pool.
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The North American squad receives an invite for ESL's upcoming 250 000 dollar tournament in Cologne.
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Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund is definitely one of the all-time best Counter-Strike players, and we can now watch a movie with his best sequences from CS 1.6.
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NiKo four AK-47-frags vs. NiP on Inferno

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The Bosnian player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač gets four quick kills with the AK-47 in the match against Ninjas in Pyjamas in last nights ECS Season 3 match.
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North's the first team to reach the ESL Pro League LAN finals that will be taking place in Dallas, Texas.
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ESL have announced nine names that will be a part of the stream team in Dallas for the Pro League Season 5 finals.
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North invited to ESL One Cologne

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One of Denmark's chief Counter-Strike: Global Offensive exports has been invited to ESL One Cologne.
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An all-star gathering of names will be battling on the football pitch following the conclusion of ESL One Cologne.
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The list of attendants at the HTC 2v2 Invitational keeps on growing, and yesterday four more of Europe's best players were announced to be participating.
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ESL has made an executive decision to prohibit organizations from fielding two teams at ESL One Cologne, meaning academy teams will be unable to partake in the event if an organization's main team is also looking to qualify, or has already been invited.
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Epsilon eSports has removed the Norweigan player Karl-William "kalle" Haraldsen, and are looking for new recruits.
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With a 3-1 victory, SK Gaming secured their first tournament victory in nearly nine months at the 150,000 USD cs_summit event.
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The tournament favorites made short work of Gambit in the upper bracket finals on the third day of the cs_summit, while OpTic Gaming fought their way past Team Liquid and Cloud9 in the lower bracket.
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On June 29, the Global Offline Qualifier for the next major will take place in Krakow, Poland. PGL will be hosting, and we've got the dates for when you can qualify for the event.
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After the second day of cs_summit, the first two teams have been kicked to the curb. Godsent stood no chance against their Swedish contemporaries from NiP in the lower bracket. The French players in EnVyUs also had to leave the tournament after a narrow brawl with OpTic.
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Lekr0 1v5 with Deagle against Gambit on Cache

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The Swedish player Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson clutches the round with an ace against Gambit, with only a Desert Eagle, in the cs_summit quarterfinals last night.
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