Following ESL‘s adoption of the rules recommended by the Esports Integrity Coalition, DreamHack has decided to adhere to the same standards, meaning the previously banned CS:GO match-fixers from iBUYPOWER will be allowed to participate in DreamHack events going forward.
DreamHack announced the decision Wednesday, effective immediately, that match-fixers and cheaters who were banned before Feb. 15, 2015 may now compete in DreamHack events. The new rules stipulate that first-time cheaters will be subject to a disqualification and a ban that can last from two years to a lifetime depending on factors such as player age and the size of the tournament. First time match-fixers will have the results voided and a ban of five years depending on some potential mitigating or aggravating circumstances, which could shorten or lengthen the duration of the ban.
This announcement means that along with ESL events, the players who received lifetime bans from Valve after being involved in the infamous North American match-fixing scandal — Sam “DaZeD” Marine, Braxton “swag” Pierce, Keven “AZK” Lariviere, Joshua “steel” Nissan, Derek “dboorN” Boorn, Casey Foster, and Duc “cud” Pham — will be able to compete in DreamHack events.
The announcement warned that subsequent offenders “should expect far harsher sanctions,” and a lifetime ban in all likelihood. The new ruling, of course, does not apply to Valve-sanctioned tournaments. So the players will still not be able to play in Majors.
“We are proud to be members of ESIC,” said Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack in a statement. “As all aspects of our esport competitions continue to grow, the need for an assisting regulatory body has become more and more apparent. While it took us some time to internally review and ratify the ESIC recommendations, which came out a couple of months ago, we are happy to be able to rely on ESIC’s consultation and expertise on these matters.”