when you are 12 and playing a random online game for fun with friends you dont set out to become a pro. he wasnt even allowed to have a steam account at that age(13+!) and neither was he allowed to buy csgo(i think its age restriction is around 15-16 in most eu countries and its 16 in finland).
Im not saying you shouldnt take responsability for your actions, but he clearly wasnt at an age where he should take responsability for his future carreer he doesnt even know about or even fathoms yet.
I for myself believe that anyone under 16 just doesnt have the moral capabillities yet to make clear determination that using a cheat in a game against other people is scum behaviour, its just not a thought process that appears to most. it depends on upbringing etc. ofcourse, but games like cs and especially people that grind these kind of games and get really good at them, almost always have some sort of mental baggage. There is a reason a 12 year old sits infront of his computer all day and plays cs and especially if he gets so far to cheat in that game. It means people outside the game are not there for him, that there is some sort or parental failure going on. And him having to cheat because he doesnt feel like he can compete in the one thing that he loves doing can very easily make a nice kid into a cheater. just to get recognized and have a chance to compete. Back in 1.6 every kid cheated at some point, lets be honest here. i dont know more then 2-3 people that had never actually cheated in 1.6, even if it was just for fun. And alot of these people are pros in csgo now. i understand you have to draw the line somewhere, and for valve its the seperation of games. 1.6/source/go the bans dont connect and someone banned in 1.6 can play a major. how does that align with the "once a cheater, always a cheater" statement? so bcs someone cheated in 1.6 and got banned he is eligble to play in csgo, even if he cheated in a 1.6 cup for money last week(there are still some taking place in 2019!!) he could go to the major the next no problem. but a kid that made a bad decision at 12 to get some attention or feel better about himself is barred forever until a new cs game gets released(possibly never?). i dont think thats fair and is just bs.
i think there should be a rule that if you didnt get vac banned the last 5 years, you can compete again everywhere.
also if your are under 16 when the ban happens, i think it should be discarded completely. same with racist remarks btw. idgaf what someone says when they are 14, it doesnt matter at all.
just my opinion