Esports Cheater Connor Huglin Banned for 2 Years – Does Esports have a Big Problem?

Esports pro Conner Huglin, a.k.a. ZonC, has been banned from esports for two years. His ban started May 10, 2017, and it will last until May 9, 2019. The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), a non-profit regulator for the sport, issued the ban after Huglin confessed to cheating in the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO (Counterstrike: Global […]

connor-huglin-baneed-esportsEsports pro Conner Huglin, a.k.a. ZonC, has been banned from esports for two years. His ban started May 10, 2017, and it will last until May 9, 2019.

The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), a non-profit regulator for the sport, issued the ban after Huglin confessed to cheating in the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO (Counterstrike: Global Offensive) Championship.

This is the first time that the ESIC has banned any player since forming in the summer of 2016.

According to Esports-Pro.com, Huglin used a cheat that Valve – CS:GO’s maker – failed to catch during the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship in May.

The ESIC spoke with Huglin about the matter and got him to confess. In a sense, Huglin “pleaded guilty” and voluntarily withdrew himself from competitive esports.

Huglin, who played with Armor Legion Gaming, apologized to his team after the cheating was discovered.

Does Esports Have a Larger Cheating Problem?

esports-tournamentThe formation of the ESIC is a step in the right direction for esports. But there’s still a long way to go to prevent corruption in the sport.

Many worry that esports is too vulnerable to match-fixing scandals because of the low prize pools, versus how much money players can make by throwing matches.

These fears came to fruition with the arrest of Lee “Life” Seung Hyun. The Starcraft II champ threw matches for a Korean gambling syndicate while collecting large payouts.

Huglin’s ban brings to light another issue, in that players may use third-party software to cheat the system.

ESIC Statement on the Cheating

Here’s ESIC’s full statement on the Huglin ban.

“The esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has banned Conner Huglin (zonC), formerly of team Armor Legion Gaming, from all esports for 2 years from 10 May 2017 to 9 May 2019.

esic-esportsConner admitted that he cheated using a cheat/exploit apparently undetectable by Valve Anti-Cheat during the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship in May 2017. As a result of his confession, the Integrity Commissioner was able, under the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code and the Disciplinary Procedure, to offer Conner a plea bargain, which Conner accepted meaning a full hearing of the matter was not necessary.

Conner pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had already voluntarily withdrawn himself from competitive CS:GO when ESIC approached him with a formal Notice of Charge. He accepted the proposed sanction without question. He apologized to Mettlestate, his team and the CS:GO community.

Esports Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith said, “It is always disappointing when someone cheats and it gives me no pleasure to ban a player, but cheating cannot be tolerated in esports – it fundamentally undermines the integrity and credibility of our industry. I hope this demonstrates that ESIC will deal quickly, decisively and proportionately with cheats following a fair process.”

Mettlestate’s CEO, Barry Louzada added: ““Mettlestate are really glad to have a partner like ESIC on board to assist with these kinds of situations. It is never easy to have this kind of thing happen but when it does, knowing that there is guidance from ESIC ensures that it is dealt with properly.”

ESIC will make no further comment on this issue.”

 

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