Counter-Strike Pro Player Simon “smn” Beck Banned for Cheating

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Counter-Strike Global Offensive Simon “smn” Beck, a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) pro player and part of team Alternate, has been banned by the ESEA for cheating. Alternate is currently one of the best teams in Germany and had a pretty good run in the European ESEA Main division in 2014, having finished fourth following a 5-16 defeat against London Conspiracy. However, that success has been tarnished with Beck’s act of cheating during an official ESEA game and his subsequent ban for one year. The exact details for when and where in the tournament he cheated is unclear, but Alternate unsuccessfully appealed the ban. In the end, the team had no choice but to let the player go. Interestingly, smn didn't seem all too remorseful after the ban, even posting the following on his Facebook page before eventually removing it:
“A small hint from myself: Watch closely on LAN. There are a lot of cheaters in international teams who I know that cheat. It's absolutely no problem to cheat on LAN, you don't even have to run a file, thanks to Workshop and SteamCloud.”
His Facebook post raises questions about the legitimacy of professional players, and in particular about the possibility of them hacking during LAN tournaments. According to Team manager Jörg “Major Rabbit” Jacob, no one from team Alternate had any idea that Beck was using performance-enhancing cheats in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Unfortunately, Alternate will head into the ESL Pro Series final one man short, though it is actively looking for someone to replace their banned player. The team now currently consists of Michele "zonixx" Köhler, Manuel "approx" Zeitz, Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch, and Fatih "gob b" Dayik. So, what do you make of the ESEA’s ban of Simon “smn” Beck? Was it the right call and is cheating as pervasive in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition as Beck seems to suggest? Let us know in the comments. Reference: Alternate

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