Olivia R. August 21, 2020
The ongoing drama between pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen and Valve is still going. But this time, Valve has spoken out against Jamppi directly.
Jamppi filed a lawsuit against the Counter-Strike developers in March when Valve barred him from all Valve-sponsored tournaments due to a VAC ban. The 19-year-old was seeking €268,092 in compensation for "missed earnings." He also demanded that his VAC ban be lifted, claiming that his account was banned during a time when he had lent it to a friend.
While the legal proceedings continued, Jamppi then asked for the District Court of Eastern Uusimaa to temporarily lift the VAC ban.
According to Ilta-Sanomat, a Finish website, Valve has responded to this request. The Counter-Strike developers refused to temporarily lift Jamppi's ban, claiming it would "cause more damage" to the company. Removing the VAC ban, even temporarily, would also give players a false notion that they can cheat in CSGO and their VAC ban could be removed "without reason."
“The applicant seeks to gain temporarily, by means of a precautionary measure, what he cannot achieve with the main case he has initiated,” a Valve representative explained.
Jampii seeks VAC ban removal after ENCE deal
Jampii most likely wanted the bans lifted because of his new deal with ENCE. But it looks like the young pro will not be competing in CSGO Majors any time soon. For now, Jamppi can file an appeal with the Court of Appeals against Valve's decision within the next seven days.
The District Court of Eastern Uusimaa are currently unsure whether it is eligible to handle the case going forward.
Cheating has continued to be a major problem in CSGO. Valve has recently blocked a large amount of third-party applications from running alongside its game. This is called Trusted Mode. While it can be disabled, players who choose not to block the unnamed programs will have their trust factor lowered.