Earlier this week, Fnatic rifler Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson and several other Swedish professionals who used matchmaking platform Esportal were erroneously banned by Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC). Following the ban, Krimz requested in a tweet, “It seems that my account got VAC banned. CSGO, can you fix this ASAP please.”
Several unwarranted VAC bans in the past have been retracted within a couple of days or so. A similar incident happened with Asian professionals who were falsely VAC banned due to matchmaking platform 5E’s anti-cheat.
It was likely a case of incompatibility between CS:GO’s trust mode and the matchmaking client. Same was the case with Esportal. But finally, the false-positive bans have been dealt with and the VAC bans are retracted.
Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson is a popular figure in the Counter-Strike scene with almost 20 premier events to his name. Throughout his career, he has spent most of the time under Fnatic while he has won back-to-back majors during their prime.
In a statement released earlier, Esportal had clarified that they are in touch with Valve to resolve the issue and that their services are ceased until a solution is found. They further apologised to the users and unambiguously stated that the bans have “nothing to do with actual cheating”.