This one begins all the way back in 2014 when Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian was dropped from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, Titan. The player was dropped from the player roster after Valve’s anti-cheat system VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) banned him while he was playing outside of competition. At the time, he said his career as a professional player was “over” although now he is back, and other players aren’t happy.
An organization known as Vexed announced on Twitter that KQLY would be joining their team for the upcoming ESL France event. This is unusual as Valve run tournaments prevent players who’ve received VAC bans from playing. However, ESL has recently instituted a controversial rule that allows players that have been caught cheating to play in their events after serving two-year suspension.
Vexed is a relatively unknown team but that hasn’t stopped two members of the team from refusing to play with KQLY. Both Steve “Jarod” Cohen and Léonard “SmyLi” Michelino are refusing to play. This was followed by the team losing their analyst/coach who also objected to the placing of KQLY in the team.
Départ de Vexed
— WiPR (@WiPRenaud) May 1, 2017
Another professional player also chimed in on Twitter. Kevin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans who was a team mate of KQLY’s in team Titan said.
— Ex6TenZ (@LDLC_Ex6TenZ) May 1, 2017