The rules have changed regarding international and pro players ‘convicted’ of using hacks or cheating, or of match fixing and fraud.
There has been some discussion among managers of top events on whether ‘lifetime bans’ on cheating players were not overkill. But it was not until DreamHack that the top management of an event came out with a clear statement against lifetime bans on teams and players.
Pro Players no longer receive lifetime bans
The Esports Integrity Coalition (Or ESIC) recently recommended that players convicted of cheating or using hacks receive limited bans of around five years. That’s still a long time, in the fast-moving Esports scene. They also recommended that the lifetime banning of pro players be discontinued.
Dreamhack officially changed its rules to reflect this new attitude just ten days ago. It is expected that most official managements of major events will follow suit. DreamHack said that it was changing its rules because it recognized the ESIC as a genuine authority working towards fair-play. They said that they support the ESIC’s efforts against cheating and disruption in Esports.
Match Fixing and Fraud
The reduced bans also cover match fixing and fraud. This might be a cause for concern to the betting fraternity. Nevertheless, teams convicted of match fixing, in past or future, will no longer receive a ban longer than five years.
Mitigating and aggravating circumstances
However, there is some leeway as to the length of these bans. If there are mitigating circumstances, the five year ban could well be reduced.
On the other hand, if there are extremely aggravating (or otherwise unique) circumstances… the five year ban can be extended.
It is obvious that this will happen only in the rarest of rare cases.
Hope for teams banned in the past
These rules also extend to teams and pro players that received lifetime bans in the past. They will find that their bans now only extend to a limit of five years. After that point they can start playing professionally again. Should they default again, I have no doubt that this would figure as ‘aggravating and special circumstances’. In which case, the bans would then be applied for much longer periods.
As of now, though, previously banned teams can look forward to playing professionally once again… within the next five years.