Quinn & Skiter Protest ESL’s Decision to Unban Cheaters and Other Offenders

On 14th January, former Alliance offlaner Yaroslav “Limitless” Parhsin announced that ESL had responded to his ban appeal and he would reportedly be allowed to participate in ESL tournaments again starting December 2024. Limitless was one of ten players, including Kamil “Koma” Biktimirov, who were involved in account sharing and impersonating members of other teams during tournament games, both of which are strictly prohibited in Valve tournaments.

Dota 2 professionals Oliver “skiter” Lepko of Team Falcons and Quinn “Quinn” Callahan of Gaimin Gladiators expressed their opposition to this decision by ESL. They urged ESL to reconsider its decision to unban the players involved in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the Dota 2 Champions League Season 15, resulting in the ban of 10 players.

In response to Limitless’s announcement, ESL stated, “We honor all publisher bans in our events for 2 years in the case of a first offense. After this time, the players may participate, though second offenses may be punished with lifetime bans from EFG (ESL FACEIT Group) Tournaments also. The ban you refer to would expire, should there be no further reason to extend it, in December 2024. I hope this is clear, and thanks for reaching out.”

Limitless clarified that this decision only applies to ESL operated tournaments, expressing his opinion that if ESL allows it, then others might follow suit.

Skiter and Quinn strongly opposed ESL’s decision, expressing concerns about the integrity of professional Dota 2 games and the trust within the competitive community. They called for ESL to reconsider the decision, stating that allowing former match-fixers back into competitive Dota 2 undermines the integrity of pro games and hurts the competitive landscape.

The list of players involved in the ban includes: Aslan “Paradise” Vadilov, Emil “Keintseru” Daminov, Victor “SuperNova” Galichkin, Danil “illusion” Grzhevka, Bisembaev “Lilskrip” Bauyrzhan, Kamil “Koma” Biktimirov, Vladislav “Chambl” Khorolcev, Yaroslav “Limitless” Parhsin, Sergey “[T]SA” Timchenko, and Kirill “deihra” Kharitonov.

As of now, ESL has made no official announcement regarding this matter, and it is still under development.

# FAQ

✍️Q: What did the ESL’s response to Limitless mean?✍️
A: ESL stated that they honor all publisher bans for 2 years in the case of a first offense. After this time, the players may participate, though second offenses may be punished with lifetime bans from ESL FACEIT Group Tournaments.

✍️Q: Who are the players involved in the ban?✍️
A: The banned players include Aslan “Paradise” Vadilov, Emil “Keintseru” Daminov, Victor “SuperNova” Galichkin, Danil “illusion” Grzhevka, Bisembaev “Lilskrip” Bauyrzhan, Kamil “Koma” Biktimirov, Vladislav “Chambl” Khorolcev, Yaroslav “Limitless” Parhsin, Sergey “[T]SA” Timchenko, and Kirill “deihra” Kharitonov.

✍️Q: What are the concerns of skiter and Quinn regarding the decision?✍️
A: Skiter and Quinn are concerned about the integrity of professional Dota 2 games and the trust within the competitive community. They believe that allowing former match-fixers back into competitive Dota 2 undermines the integrity of pro games and hurts the competitive landscape.

# Conclusion
The decision by ESL to unban players involved in the match-fixing scandal has sparked strong opposition from Dota 2 professionals skiter and Quinn. Their concerns revolve around the integrity of professional Dota 2 games and the impact on the competitive landscape. The situation is still under development, and there has been no official announcement from ESL regarding the matter.

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