Finnish Counter-Strike pro Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen is suing the games developers, Valve, after he claims an unjustified VAC ban prevented him from signing with OG when they entered the CS:GO scene last year.
According to a report by DBLTAP, 18-year-old Jamppi’s case against Valve claims that he was unable to join OG’s roster because of his affiliation with a VAC banned account that he no longer owns. The suit says that in 2015 Jamppi bought a second copy of CS:GO for a friend, but that he sold on the account to someone else who then got the account VAC banned. This connection to a VAC banned account, which would prohibit him from competing in Valve-sanctioned tournaments, meant that he was unable to join OG, which resulted in the organisation signing Mateusz ‘Mantuu’ Wilczewski as its fifth man instead.
Jamppi, who is a member of the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association, reached out to the group to support him in trying to clear his name of the VAC ban, but has apparently had all requests for help ignored.
He has similarly attempted to contact Valve directly in order to disconnect himself from the banned account, but was informed that the ban would remain in place and continue to be attributed to him.
While Jamppi may not have been the one doing whatever activity it was that got the account suspended, selling on an account is a breach of Valve’s Terms of Service anyway, which will likely be a stumbling block in his case.
AWPer Jamppi is currently benched at Finnish org SJ Gaming.