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Valve removes permaban on Jamppi, other VAC-banned CSGO pros

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Valve has finally updated its event guidelines for the first time in more than eight years, softening the permabans that have historically been leveled against VAC-banned players. The changes will see 25 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional players freed from the strict ban. 

These significant tweaks arrive with a focus on Valve-sponsored events for the 2021 RMR season. In a short blog post the developer stated that a VAC ban would only disqualify a player from an event if it was received less than five years ago or received after their first participation in a Valve-sponsored event. While this is still an incredibly harsh punishment, it does open the door for a return on a handful of big-name players that were precluded from tournaments on Valve’s major circuit, most notably Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen.

CSGO VAC bans are unlike any other ban in the game. These bans are leveled directly by the developer on a per-user basis, and prohibit the account owner from participating in official major or minor events. For casual players, these bans may not mean much, but they’ve sabotaged the careers of tons of CSGO professional players. This was especially troubling as people were being forced out of professional CSGO due to pub game hacks they used when they were young adolescents.

After years of both fans and pundits calling for change, Valve has finally reevaluated the rules. However, players banned after playing in an RMR event will remain banned since they breached the code after understanding the value of in-game integrity. 

Unfortunately, Valve stated that competitive bans for other reasons still apply. Other infractions, particularly match fixing, still carry a lifetime ban. This means that the likes of Joshua “steel” Nissan and Braxton “swag” Pierce are still unable to compete in Valve-sponsored events. 

“VAC bans stay in place with all of their other effects; the only change is how they influence your eligibility to play in Valve-sponsored events. There are other reasons a player may not be eligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events,” Valve stated. 

Jamppi, v$m, and others unbanned from CSGO 

The updated guidelines bring glad tidings for CSGO pros sidelined by old VAC-bans. Many young CSGO pros suffered the wretched fate of a permanent ban for hacks they used while being as young as 13 years old. The strict ban had led many young players to switch games, miss out on opportunities, or quit competitive play entirely. 

This recently saw a legal battle between Valve and CSGO pro Jamppi, who is currently signed to ENCE but was meant to sign with OG until Valve stepped in to state he was ineligible for major tournaments. The courts decided in Valve’s favor which forced Jamppi to start turning his attention to rival tactical shooter Valorant. This update will reopen the door for Jamppi if he ever wants to return. The pro player was reluctant to leave CSGO and a tweet suggests he is looking to return. 

Jamppi is surely excited to be freed from a ban, but is currently signed to Team Liquid’s Valorant roster and may not be able to simply leave. Another VAC-banned pro player, Vinicius “v$m” Moreira who was banned in 2013, uninstalled Valorant the first thing after hearing the pleasant news.

v$m has been actively playing CSGO, but his VAC ban was a massive stumbling block in his career. Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel is another young CSGO pro who has been released from the ban. 

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7902/valve-removes-permabans-from-some-vac-banned-pro-csgo-players

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Pokémon Go to add real-time sky lighting, new Pokédex features later this summer

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Niantic has dropped some new details about features that are coming to Pokémon Go later this summer. 

The big new feature being added to the game is a “real-time sky” mechanic that will try to mimic the lighting of a player’s geographical location in the game. 

This will likely only be used as a more dynamic way to light the overworld and make the general game more immersive at a base level. More details about this feature will be shared in the near future ahead of its launch. 

The second piece of information involves the Pokédex, with Niantic planning to add additional Pokédex classifications to help players keep track of different Pokémon species, variants, and attributes.

Small pieces of this and other Pokédex-related features have slowly been added to the backend of Pokémon Go over the last several months and have been detailed in previous data mines

The Pokémon Go homepage has been revamped with a new look, too. 

More features will likely drop later this summer, but Niantic will keep players updated on any future changes coming to the game.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/pokemon-go-to-add-real-time-sky-lighting-new-pokedex-features-later-this-summer

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Phoenix takes over VALORANT Instagram account

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The VALORANT community’s favorite fiery agent has seemingly borrowed some of Killjoy’s hacking skills. Phoenix has taken over the official Instagram account for the game.

The @playvalorantofficial Instagram account now features just a single post from June 17 of Phoenix taking a mirror selfie, with the caption, “Keep a healthy distance. I burn hot.” Phoenix has also replaced the profile picture with a photo of himself and added the profile description, “Don’t worry guys, they say I’m a prodigy. Not my words, not my words baby.”

It’s unclear if the Instagram takeover is related to the official reveal of the new robot agent KAY/O earlier today. In shifting some of the focus to himself, perhaps Phoenix has inadvertently (or purposefully) given KAY/O yet another reason to hate Radiants.

The last time VALORANT social media was “compromised,” Killjoy took over numerous official VALORANT Twitter accounts for several regions a week prior. This came on the day as the first teaser for the now revealed KAY/O agent during the first night of Summer Game Fest.

Fans will simply have to wait and see what the greater meaning behind Phoenix’s takeover of the VALORANT Instagram is, if any.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/phoenix-takes-over-valorant-instagram-account

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KAY/O trailer reveals more VALORANT lore

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VALORANT players finally got their first look at KAY/O, the killer robot perfect for negating abilities and evening the playing field. But today’s trailer also revealed more about KAY/O’s backstory and the lore of VALORANT

The trailer starts with KAY/O dying repeatedly but learning how to negate and avoid enemy abilities to survive. He eventually activates his ultimate, which suppresses enemy abilities and allows him to be revived by teammates if killed. 

KAY/O is shot by Omen, which causes him to have flashbacks of a decimated world while he’s firing an Odin. VALORANT lore enthusiast Cynprel broke down the trailer and explained how it references an “infamous” Reyna voice line about “Killjoy’s Machines.”

It appears that KAY/O was part of an initiative to eliminate Radiants, although it’s unclear if the goal was total annihilation or taking down designated targets. The flashback shows a destroyed Kingdom building, indicating that the powerful organization couldn’t avoid the destruction. 

The end of the flashback shows KAY/O facing off against Reyna, which appears to be the mirrored version of the agent. KAY/O might have seen a glimpse of the mirrored Earth and what happens when the world runs out or fights over Radianite. KAY/O’s face flashes the message “kill all Radiants,” which is exactly what he’s designed to do. 

It’s unclear if KAY/O is hostile to all Radiants or just those from the mirrored Earth. Fans will likely learn more when the agent is released on June 22. 


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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/kay-o-trailer-reveals-more-valorant-lore

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PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) Fall Split registrations to begin on June 21

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The Fall Split of the $2 million PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2021 is here. Teams from around the world will be able to register for the open-for-all competition from June 21 to July 5, Tencent announced today.

In 2021, the PMCO has been significantly expanded to cover 23 countries and regions around the world. Top teams from this event will make their way to the Pro Leagues (PMPL), where they’ll have a shot at qualifying for the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2021.

A major change in the fall split of the Club Open is the compulsory requirement for all participants to install the “GAC app.” This app will be used to ensure that none of the participants are cheating or hacking in the competition. It’s not surprising to see Tencent implement this change to ensure competitive integrity. In the Spring Split earlier this year, over 50 teams were disqualified for violating the competition’s rules.

PUBG Mobile esports will continue to evaluate our rules and tools, in order to uphold our values and protect the well-being of PUBG Mobile players both pro and amateur alike,” Tencent said.

After registering, teams will play in the qualification matches. The schedule for this is as follows:

Qualification dates: July 20 to 26

  • Wildcard, Turkey, Saudi, Iraq, Egypt, UAE, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, MENA WC, Africa, South Asia WC, LATAM WC, North America and CIS, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Europe WC, and Southeast Asia WC.

Qualification dates: Sept. 20 to 26

As of June 21, teams will be able to register on the official PUBG Mobile Esports website. More details about the regions and schedule will likely be unveiled when the registration process begins.

Correction June 17 12:13pm CT: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the registration dates were June 23 to July 11. This article has been edited to reflect this information. We regret this error.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/pubg-mobile-club-open-pmco-fall-split-registrations-to-begin-on-june-21

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