With Simon “smn” Beck receiving the banhammer for cheating, yet another big-name Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) pro player has been banned by the ESEA. The player in question is Hovik “Kqly” Tovmassian from team Titan, who was banned by Valve’s Anti-Cheat service for undisclosed reasons. Team Titan announced on Facebook that Kqly has been temporarily suspended from their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team while his ban is being investigated, stating:
“We regret to inform you that we were forced to temporarily suspend Hovik “Kqly” Tovmassian from our active CS:GO roster. Upon logging onto Titan’s usual scrim server, while at the training house and while using a recently formatted PC, Kqly got VAC banned and can therefore not train or practice with his official account. We are currently in contact with Valve in order to investigate what might have caused this and we will keep you informed as the situation develops.”DON'T MISS: Counter-Strike Pro Player Simon “smn” Beck Banned for Cheating VAC stands for Valve Anti Cheat. It’s a system that scans and detects cheating programs that are often used by players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and automatically bans anyone caught red-handed. Even though VAC rarely makes mistakes, Titan seems to think it may have erroneously banned Kqly. Either way, with the team set to participate in Dreamhack Winter 2014, this is a major blow to their chances of getting top spot. It is unclear if Titan will be able to successfully appeal Kqly’s ban, or if they will replace him altogether. Adding to the story, the banning of both Kqly and smn seem to confirm a list of allegedly cheating CS:GO pro players that was leaked onto the internet. Many people were wary of the accusations, but the latest ban has most on the edge of their seats. The entire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro-scene is at risk.