The Esports Integrity Coalition (EIC), a non-profit industry human anatomy dedicated to cleaning up esports, has banned a player for two years after he confessed to cheating during the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship earlier this month.
Connor Huglin, who received a two year ban from competitive esports, after he was found to be using software that is third-party cheat in the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship.
It is the first such ban handed straight down by the EIC’s disciplinary board because the organization’s formation in the UK last summer.
EIC reported that the gamer in concern, Connor Huglin, who played for Armor Legion Gaming under the screen name ‘zonC,’ accepted a ‘plea bargain,’ after admitting using a third-party software cheat that had gone undetected by Valve’s anti-cheat software.
‘It is constantly disappointing whenever someone cheats and I am given by it no pleasure to ban a player, but cheating can not be tolerated in e-sports,’ stated Ian Smith, ESIC’s e-sports integrity commissioner. ‘It fundamentally undermines the integrity and credibility of our industry. I hope this demonstrates that ESIC will deal quickly, decisively and proportionately with cheats carrying out a fair process.’
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