Popular Belarusian-Ukrainian caster Konstantin "LENINIW" Sivko who currently works for Russian esports organizer StarLadder recently took a stance in support of the Finnish VAC banned player Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen. He compared the 18-year-old’s lifetime ban from Valve sponsored CS:GO tournaments to the famous ESL ban placed against Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev back in 2013, opening a discussion that has been a point of conflict within the CS:GO community since Jamppi sued Valve two months ago.
The CS:GO caster posted his opinion on vk.com where he stated that the lifetime ban against Jamppi from any Valve tournament was “simply monstrously unfair” because he got a VAC ban at the age of 14 while playing from his computer, emphasising his shock by asking “Doesn’t it seem to you that this is somehow too much?”
He went on to give the example of Robin "ropz" Kool, who during his rise as a professional player was constantly accused of hacking and cheating but he proved everyone wrong and is now considered to be one of the best in the world.
“Yes, he didn’t have a VAC, but the point is that Jamppi’s level as a player is easy to check. Does his talent not deserve a chance to be revealed due to a mistake made when he was a 14-year-old teenager? I don’t think, you think this is right.”
He proceeded to give another example, this time involving the best player in the world s1mple. Recalling the well-known ESL ban placed against s1mple back in 2013, he put forth a question saying, “Imagine for a second that the day s1mple was caught for using cheats, instead of being detected by the ‘ESL Anti-Cheat’ what if he was caught by the ‘Valve Anti-Cheat’?”
Further discussing the implication of such an incident he said that humanity would have been deprived of such an obviously skilled player if it would have been a VAC ban that was placed against him.
He concluded by stating that if Jamppi is actually not a cheater now and if he is earning his bread honestly, “then a life ban against him is equivalent to a life sentence for theft or something similar, a punishment which is disproportionate in comparison to the mistake made.”
The caster while stating that he respects Valve and understands that rules for the sake of just one player should not be broken, “In this case, the rules need to be changed. Deserving players should receive a second chance. Some cases need to be reviewed, the community must have a voice!”
Jamppi who is now signed by ENCE is part of their six-man roster and will be playing with the organization in all CS:GO tournaments except for any of the Majors or any other event that might be sponsored by Valve directly. He is currently playing in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown where he holds an overall rating of 1.03 and is the second-best performer for his side behind Aleksi “allu” Jalli.