With over $10,000 earned through match-fixing, the Steam developer issues bans.
Valve, developers of the Counter-Strike games, have banned players and staff from teams iBUYPOWER, NetCodeGuides.com, and Team Torqued.
The bans were handed out from Valve due to match-fixing, which was carried out in order to gain high-valued items from the game which can be used to bet on the outcome of pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches, or can be sold on the Steam marketplace.
Here's a list of the individuals that are not allowed to take part in any events sponsored by Valve:
- Duc “cud” Pham
- Derek “dboorn” Boorn
- Casey Foster
- Sam “Dazed” Marine
- Braxton “swag” Pierce
- Keven “AZK” Larivière
- Joshua “Steel” Nissan
"We can confirm, by investigating the historical activity of relevant accounts, that a substantial number of high valued items won from that match by Duc "cud" Pham were transferred (via Derek "dboorn" Boorn) to iBUYPOWER players and NetCodeGuides founder, Casey Foster," read a Valve post.
The Daily Dot reported that the match-fixing raked in over $10,000 for the scammers following a match that took place during CEVO Pro-season 5. Following that match text messages emerged which showed Derek Boorn admitting the match was fixed.
Shortly before Valve handed out the bans, Major League Gaming announced it had partnered with now-banned Team Torqued.