ex-ESC unbanned; to Katowice again

ESL has announced that the former ESC Gaming team have been invited back to the offline qualifier for ESL One Katowice.

The Polish team had been disqualified from the tournament following a match-fixing investigation conducted by Valve that also resulted in bans being handed to four ex-members of Epsilon and to the former ALSEN squad.

In a statement issued by Paweł "innocent" Mocek to HLTV.org, the Polish player denied any wrongdoing from his team and stressed that there was no evidence to support the ban.


Polish team's bans have been lifted 

Last night, the team asked Valve for clarification on the ban and provided evidence that ended up throwing allegations of misconduct from the players to the ground.

"The ex-ESC players were restricted from participating in Valve-sponsored events because their historical account activity matched allegations of misconduct," a statement from Valve reads.

"However, further investigation has clarified their role in the matter, and the restriction has been lifted."

This means that Sunday's last-chance qualifier, featuring 12 teams from the second European qualifier, will have only one spot in Katowice up for grabs.

Contacted by HLTV.org, ESEA confirmed that the ex-ESC's team ban has also been lifted as a result of Valve's new statement.

Poland Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1301
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
nice
2015-02-07 21:53
Not nice
2015-02-07 21:54
volvo morons xD
2015-02-07 21:55
Did any other team decide not to attend anymore, or are KaBuM not going to be invited anymore? Ayy lmao
2015-02-07 21:56
just 1 slot instaed two from last chance qualifier(only for epsilon)
2015-02-07 22:36
expected, maybe some apology from valve or esl? no?
2015-02-07 22:12
Ayyy lmao
2015-02-07 21:53
#4
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
Happy for them undeserved ban
2015-02-07 21:54
expected
2015-02-07 21:53
n1
2015-02-07 22:09
nice
2015-02-07 21:53
#7
 | 
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
lol joke
2015-02-07 21:53
n1
2015-02-07 21:53
#9
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Poland TheMatiss 
OH YEAH
2015-02-07 21:53
yes
2015-02-07 21:53
expected :D
2015-02-07 21:53
:(
2015-02-07 21:53
expected from beggining
2015-02-07 21:54
expected #ESCFreed
2015-02-07 21:54
YAY :D <3
2015-02-07 21:54
YES !
2015-02-07 21:54
n1
2015-02-07 21:54
#18
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Poland woikkerz 
ulala
2015-02-07 21:54
ahaha
2015-02-07 21:54
???????????????????
2015-02-07 21:54
good thing, gl guys
2015-02-07 21:54
ESCftw
2015-02-07 21:54
more to follow ...
2015-02-07 21:54
nice, expected :)
2015-02-07 21:54
#27
Canada suL- 
Not even an apology from Valve or ESL smh
2015-02-07 21:54
coz its volvo :/
2015-02-07 23:02
finnaly,
2015-02-07 21:54
#freeSwag
2015-02-07 21:54
#freeWEED
2015-02-07 21:57
lets go
2015-02-07 21:54
gl
2015-02-07 21:55
..
2015-02-07 21:55
wat?
2015-02-07 21:55
n11111111111111
2015-02-07 21:55
finally
2015-02-07 21:55
fuck haters. Fuck Pimp in particular.
2015-02-07 21:55
#46
Germany Dok1 
innocent is indeed innocent!
2015-02-07 21:55
+1
2015-02-07 22:19
MOCEK
2015-02-08 11:37
wtf
2015-02-07 21:55
Valve STRONK!
2015-02-07 21:56
Nice to see that
2015-02-07 21:56
what up now ESEA? dumb faggots
2015-02-07 21:56
What up now haters?
2015-02-07 21:56
good
2015-02-07 21:56
Those 3 who betted on ALSEN should still be banned.
2015-02-07 21:56
I don't agree. They deserve some kind of punishment but a ban is too much, same with VP and betting already played match. I love both teams but justice is justice.
2015-02-07 22:27
Ban for a year would do good. Imo such actions are unacceptable as a pro player.
2015-02-07 22:30
What's so unacceptable about it? It happened a long time ago and hasn't influenced anything or anyone.
2015-02-08 00:04
They are proffesionals and basically stole skins from players. How is that not unacceptable?
2015-02-08 00:10
sweden retarded confirmed
2015-02-08 00:25
My detector of dumb Swedes is getting crazy.
2015-02-08 00:57
6.9 scale Ritcher
2015-02-08 09:46
no detector, you ppl eat literally everything.
2015-02-09 19:08
1) 'i happened long time ago' - bullshit argument, why are we learing history in school then? egyptians lived long time ago who cares 2) 'hasnt influenced...' - so you think betting a match, wchich result u know is right? its cheating man, it should punished hard. U won SOMEONE's skins who was betting without knowledge of the result so stop being stupid pls
2015-02-11 15:26
two
2015-02-08 10:20
#58
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Portugal dracø 
Innocent confirmed innocent!
2015-02-07 21:56
wow, interesting turnaround
2015-02-07 21:56
heaters where are you now
2015-02-07 21:56
heaters gonna heat :)
2015-02-07 22:10
#184
Poland jMS 
Exactly, where are heaters when we need them? It's damn cold in here!
2015-02-07 22:21
You blame heaters because you want to be a COOLER person. Kappa
2015-02-07 22:33
#61
flusha | 
Europe An0n0n 
n1 gaben
2015-02-07 21:56
O yeaaaaaaaaaaaa :) ESC never give up <3
2015-02-07 21:56
gj
2015-02-07 21:56
Nice. Well, do they replace any of the teams, or?
2015-02-07 21:57
no, 1 less spot for last qualifier
2015-02-07 21:57
ah okay
2015-02-07 21:57
gyazo.com/b726cdadbc6096fe066cf965ae01c4.. lpkane being the typical shitty who tries to get attention and it backfires. Just like cheat detection etc.
2015-02-07 21:57
Valve calls the shot, of course he's gonna do the same as them you moron.
2015-02-07 21:59
is he a bot or a human?
2015-02-08 00:26
i dont understand?
2015-02-07 21:59
#71
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Poland cropyeee 
finally
2015-02-07 21:57
#74
Poland n1u 
Where is all haters, where?
2015-02-07 21:57
#79
 | 
Denmark BATISTUTA9 
At least some good news these times..
2015-02-07 21:58
That is very rare...
2015-02-07 22:58
rofl, it s not a good news.... but u r from dk... meh when someone ll beat you up for no rison and throw to a cell and let you out it s not a good news, lmao
2015-02-08 00:28
#362
 | 
Denmark BATISTUTA9 
I understand your point. But if i were ESC fan i would be happy for such news, not sad.
2015-02-08 14:43
ESC fan and anyone with a brain who follows them was sure it was bullshit, a big time fucked by valve. I was among them. For people from "outside" it is still a bad news bevause it confirms valve has no idea what they are doing and they decisions are not trustworthy.
2015-02-08 17:10
#80
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Poland hillock 
expected
2015-02-07 21:58
#84
Poland jMS 
inb4 I don't support any form of cheating and/or match fixing, and we know some of players were involved (partially, but still). But for the sake of them being a really promising team I'm happy they've been given a second chance. Still their reputation is really low now and it will make it very difficult to find new orga now. If they were really in deep talks with Gamers2 or LDLC, those orgas need to have big trust in them now.
2015-02-07 21:59
facebook.com/oceloteworld/posts/77255178.. ex-ESC in Ocelote's team confirmed
2015-02-07 21:59
what teams it that
2015-02-07 22:15
#187
Poland jMS 
gamers2
2015-02-07 22:22
whats that?
2015-02-07 22:27
#204
Poland jMS 
pretty known LoL team afaik Ocelote's playing there
2015-02-07 22:28
Oh I see, I don't play LoL :P
2015-02-07 22:59
youtube: gamers2 house tour
2015-02-07 22:50
sad that innocent and co will not play there cuz its reserved for LoL company cuz their make money :/ But very nice mansion i would love to life there with me and couple girls ;)
2015-02-07 23:06
it's just to show how huge that shit is :D
2015-02-07 23:07
but 1st you need to learn english a little bit more so those ladies can understand what you wanna tell them to do for you Kappa
2015-02-07 23:15
uhhh yee i hope you would write and think better after 12h in work...
2015-02-07 23:19
Yeap I would. My brain is capable of the things normal people can only dream about.
2015-02-08 00:30
So you brain is basicly capable of thinking. By this you already achieved this "thing" :D
2015-02-08 12:30
typical middle class house in poland is much better.
2015-02-08 00:38
k, so i live in a mansion too. rofl
2015-02-08 00:36
WADUP NOW!!
2015-02-07 21:59
niceee
2015-02-07 21:59
Poles can fight for they own !!!
2015-02-07 22:00
What role did they play?? Pretty sure they did something unethical like vp but not enough to merit a ban. I need specifics like the IBP investigation.
2015-02-07 22:00
Rumor has it they were caught for insider-betting and not match-fixing.
2015-02-07 22:16
Thnx
2015-02-07 23:16
#94
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Russia CSRuHub 
gratz valve
2015-02-07 22:00
SO HAPPY
2015-02-07 22:00
#96
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
volvo fucked up, and people asked why is it a bad thing that volvo doesn't give any proof, and that they would not ban if they where not sure. gl to ESC in future
2015-02-07 22:01
LOOOOL
2015-02-07 22:01
if esc end up being confirmed as clean they should sue valve.
2015-02-07 22:01
wtf they should sue because valve unbanned them?
2015-02-07 22:02
no, cuz of very bad PR they and their organisation get
2015-02-07 22:04
the problem is they need big money to hire an american law firm and after that valve can say a big fuck you making next majors invite only and just dont invite them. not worth trying for ESC and valve is aware of that.
2015-02-08 00:50
Because they were in the middle of signing big contracts with a big e-sports company. because this is there life and job and integrity and sportsman ship is a big part of this... because valve are fucking amateur and don't have a clue about anything apparently.. they clearly don't have any understanding of cs and its history based on countless choices they make and the changes they make to the game.
2015-02-07 22:09
exactly, they shouldn't have unbanned them
2015-02-07 22:11
what...? that's not what i said. they shouldn't have banned them in the first place without 100% proof. its comical the way valve deal with basically everything of a sensitive nature.
2015-02-07 22:13
+1
2015-02-07 22:16
Also because they had to FF a 99Damage Arena match versus Property to go sort this out. +1
2015-02-07 22:13
Valve don't even have the decency to apologize lol.
2015-02-07 22:15
Valve don't have anything.. the community should take them to court for ruining the game we love that's been around for a very long time. Then elect a group of 10 trusted advisers picked by the people, for the people and VALVE must follow their instructions. :]
2015-02-07 22:17
yeah
2015-02-07 22:02
rofl
2015-02-07 22:02
inb4 ex-ESC use innocent as their clan tag lol
2015-02-07 22:02
wb.
2015-02-07 22:03
#108
CIS Ume 
bullshit! esc will still be the most hated team in the community
2015-02-07 22:03
fnatic is the most hated, ESC is not well-known in cs scene, and they didn't do anything wrong.
2015-02-07 22:05
+1
2015-02-07 22:14
sry russia, clan russian ll be top1 for a long time
2015-02-08 00:51
nope. fnatic is and will allways be!
2015-02-08 01:00
NICE !
2015-02-07 22:04
#111
Petra | 
World forbii 
yeeey
2015-02-07 22:04
Fuck you volvo, banning innocent team instead of chasing cheaters
2015-02-07 22:04
yep should reban
2015-02-07 22:06
#341
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Poland trishowsky 
i aren't think that
2015-02-08 07:12
#113
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Poland kRAMERO 
haters gona hate! PURE HATE!
2015-02-07 22:04
waddup now volvo, lets not ban players without solid evidence
2015-02-07 22:04
"The Polish team has been*" correct that please
2015-02-07 22:04
#117
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Russia stat1c 
LMAO
2015-02-07 22:05
#122
 | 
Europe midi 
Cool beans. ESC is a good team to follow.
2015-02-07 22:06
YES!!!
2015-02-07 22:06
nice
2015-02-07 22:06
woohoo, esc never deserved the ban, nice to see them back
2015-02-07 22:06
Yeah i knew that our boys from ex esc didnt do anything!
2015-02-07 22:06
-valve
2015-02-07 22:06
"their role in the matter" which was? aka esl gg
2015-02-07 22:07
1. POLAND DEAD 2. POLAND SAVED WW2 ALL OVER AGAIN
2015-02-07 22:07
omg who saved us in WW2?! we were dead almost 50years after the WW2...
2015-02-07 22:14
#130
flusha | 
Lithuania jiffoe 
kurwas is back BOYZ
2015-02-07 22:07
why ban in first place if there was no evidence ..
2015-02-07 22:07
deserved !!!
2015-02-07 22:08
volvo clueless.. "ban for you, ban for him, ban for everyone" volvo 2k15
2015-02-07 22:08
And what happened with org that should pick ex - esc? Still refuse to talk with them? If thats the case, im sorry for them
2015-02-07 22:08
It's pretty much confirmed that Gamers2 will sign ex-ESC, ocelote's facebook too obvious ;)
2015-02-07 22:11
Nice, gl to them
2015-02-07 22:19
#139
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Turkey Grimstborith 
nice!
2015-02-07 22:09
SUP HATERS?!
2015-02-07 22:09
2015-02-07 22:09
Called it.
2015-02-07 22:10
:)
2015-02-07 22:10
Sad sad sad... Lost all hope in Volvo, now they're gonna unban ex-jewBuyPower ...
2015-02-07 22:10
nop, iSellMatches already admitted to fixing
2015-02-07 22:17
#156
Sweden P K 
YAAAAAAAAY
2015-02-07 22:11
Good to see
2015-02-07 22:12
they were disqualified from 99damage... so bad
2015-02-07 22:13
yup they "sacrificed" this tournament for posting TONS of reports to VALVE and CSGOLOUNGE to prove their innocence, I'm sure they're happy as hell right now
2015-02-07 22:15
nah, 99dmg did let them play but they forfeited as they were kinda busy fighting volvo idiots
2015-02-08 15:55
#161
MICHU | 
Poland Luucek 
drunk playz volvo
2015-02-07 22:13
polish lobby in action
2015-02-07 22:15
yEEEE sucker !!! GO G2
2015-02-07 22:16
dayumm :>
2015-02-07 22:18
Now i want see, your reactions haters. :), Poland best country
2015-02-07 22:20
Poland's best team just lost to fucking Norwegians. I doubt you even believe your last sentence yourself :D.
2015-02-07 22:25
shit happens. AFter losing to the norwegian team, VP donated a point to the top 2 swedish teams.
2015-02-07 22:27
best at what lmao
2015-02-08 10:23
it only proves that valve have no fucking idea what they doing.
2015-02-07 22:22
sometimes people do mistakes :)
2015-02-07 22:25
"accidentally" pulling a trigger on a person is a mistake, doesn't change the fact that it is wrong and shouldn't happen.
2015-02-07 22:29
nice valve XD
2015-02-07 22:23
Either this had to happen, or Shahzam had to be banned. I'm happy VALVe got the reality check in.
2015-02-07 22:24
yes! justice!
2015-02-07 22:24
JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED.
2015-02-07 22:26
...
2015-02-07 22:26
#197
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
expected motherfuckers
2015-02-07 22:27
What a joke!
2015-02-07 22:27
Valve should learn that correlation does not imply causation.
2015-02-07 22:27
too hard words for them mate
2015-02-07 22:34
yes, plesae use simple words
2015-02-08 05:18
Valve is a fucking joke...
2015-02-07 22:27
nice. Altho i wonder how good valve's investigation is..
2015-02-07 22:29
Good news! :)))
2015-02-07 22:31
ok
2015-02-07 22:31
volvo wtf
2015-02-07 22:31
List of idiots who wrote shit on ex-ESC after the bans without proofs: pimp vendetta cajunb lurppis thorin for the record let see who from them ll apologize but i doubt any of them btw. do u know more names?
2015-02-07 22:33
lurppis gets rekt too often,he doesnt care anymore. Thorin is a cunt anyways.Despises poland and polish teams #rekt @ katowice 2014.
2015-02-07 22:34
Valve fooled everyone, not this peoples.
2015-02-07 22:35
somehow others have a brain or/and dignity to say nothing or just comment FACTS only
2015-02-07 22:38
The people that bet on a match they knew would be thrown are still scumbags and should get a punishment.
2015-02-07 22:39
but it doesnt mean you can write shit on innocent innocent, minise and szpero. get some manners kid
2015-02-07 22:45
What the fuck are you talking about? When have I done that? I am talking about the players that did take advantage. Learn to read, before you try to act holy.
2015-02-07 22:49
so you comment wrong post
2015-02-07 22:51
You defend ex-ESC in your first post and I said that some of the players should still be punished. I commented on what I meant to.
2015-02-07 22:55
for what, it was allowed to bet on other matches. this is not soviet country, law doesnt work back in time
2015-02-07 23:13
any links?
2015-02-08 01:40
twitters
2015-02-08 01:55
Did flusha lift it?
2015-02-07 22:35
this :)
2015-02-07 22:40
#224
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Sweden mrarrogant 
hahaha rekt all haters
2015-02-07 22:36
ahahaha
2015-02-07 22:40
#freeESC #Niesiolowski LOL
2015-02-08 01:40
Good job Gaben my friend!
2015-02-07 22:41
And this just proves the point that Valve has no fucking clue what they are doing.
2015-02-07 22:44
good
2015-02-07 22:46
that's nice
2015-02-07 22:46
get rekt haters
2015-02-07 22:49
wow innocent!
2015-02-07 22:50
Nice really nice i love see this team play :D
2015-02-07 22:53
Good news.
2015-02-07 22:54
Nice to see that people have the ability to appeal their bans. When I read that they could only do that ~10month after the initial ban that seemed really unfair.
2015-02-07 22:55
+1
2015-02-07 23:09
#282
 | 
Europe  Skaarj  
+1
2015-02-07 23:43
Wow, I bet those people who shit-talked about them (and anyone who gets accused without proof) must feel like complete retards now.
2015-02-07 22:58
#258
Poland MJP 
nice ! gj valve - ban if they fixed matches - unban if that mistake. Is all good :] gl boys
2015-02-07 23:09
learn here throwers: you do not spill the beans and nothing will happen to you. Just deny deny deny
2015-02-07 23:11
seems like Pawe&#322; "innocent" Mocek is innocent :D Happy for them, and it is also nice that volvo is in fact investigating things, not only blind-banning people because of rumors ;) Hope in volvo has been restored :D GL & HF
2015-02-07 23:13
lol valve.. flip flopping around... just 'throwing' out bans for players that rely on this game to earn an income. what a joke.
2015-02-07 23:15
n1
2015-02-07 23:15
yes
2015-02-07 23:23
#274
 | 
Sweden klvmeister 
yeah! at least good news.
2015-02-07 23:23
i'm glad
2015-02-07 23:23
does this mean they were banned with no proof in the first place? you cant believe shit from valve anymore aswell. if it was like that then i bet you scream wasnt banned because of his talent and his community status. as far as scream goes its speculation but i truly wanna know if these guys were banned without total proof.
2015-02-07 23:28
the only "proof" was the top secret valve's "investigation" :D
2015-02-08 00:57
expected
2015-02-07 23:31
#280
NAF | 
Czech Republic GzzM 
#FreeSwag
2015-02-07 23:39
#281
 | 
Argentina YH!one 
Good for ESC :)
2015-02-07 23:41
Waits now on impending lawsuits against Vavle.
2015-02-07 23:46
#284
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Nice! Now I'm waiting for official apologize from Volvo.
2015-02-07 23:52
The people who betted on the fixed match should still be banned though.
2015-02-07 23:56
n1
2015-02-08 00:06
Wow Innocent is innocent. Never saw that coming.
2015-02-08 00:06
KYRWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2015-02-08 00:08
Happy For them !
2015-02-08 00:20
comeback israel
2015-02-08 00:27
lol?
2015-02-08 00:27
THANK GOD
2015-02-08 00:31
so retarded :)
2015-02-08 00:43
:)
2015-02-08 01:04
#317
 | 
Poland metal_cs 
that was obv they are clear
2015-02-08 01:11
#freeswag — reply "#freeswag" to free swag
2015-02-08 01:17
fair enuff
2015-02-08 01:20
Guilty Until Proven Innocent? WTF is THIS VALVE?
2015-02-08 01:20
nice mess valve I swear their cs go division is run by a bunch of bi polar devs
2015-02-08 01:33
E X P E C T E D B O Y S
2015-02-08 01:36
"clarified"
2015-02-08 01:42
can someone make a list over the IDIOTS that flamed innocents post yesterday.... just want to see how many of numbnuts that are posting here aswell.
2015-02-08 01:56
#331
SZPERO | 
Poland jakbu 
+1
2015-02-08 04:08
lol this "pimp" guy is such a complete "idiot"(using the word he used on his twitter). And yeah boys, if I had his face and mirror I would already buy a gun and just finish this suffer. gg ESC, hope it will motivate you even more.
2015-02-08 02:40
This is stupid Valve bans are almost a joke
2015-02-08 02:45
"valve is a professional company who would thoroughly verify that the ban has sufficient evidence to justify it." AYY LMAO Y Y L M A O
2015-02-08 04:47
great shit innocent will always sound guilty tho, should change to something else.
2015-02-08 05:21
WHAT DID I SAY MOTHERRUCFKERS?
2015-02-08 05:30
Troll Gaben
2015-02-08 07:03
i bet gaben know only nip, anything more
2015-02-08 16:54
rly expected
2015-02-08 10:09
... Throwing gre. - He said 'throwing', lets ban! That was valve's investigation.
2015-02-08 10:36
#349
aizy | 
Poland flvcko 
"innocent is innocent" xD
2015-02-08 10:39
Praise the Gaben! Let´s hope, that they will qualify! :D
2015-02-08 10:52
bravo
2015-02-08 11:58
meh i wish they werent innocent :/ stupid polaks.. they knew about the match fixing and yet didnt report it
2015-02-08 13:03
like you would rather report it than make tons of skins if you had a chance actually..
2015-02-08 15:56
i wouldnt,but who am i? just a hltv user. if I was in the pro scene wtf is few pixels infront of real cash?
2015-02-08 17:34
shazham is still walking free.
2015-02-08 13:28
#fuckesc
2015-02-08 13:40
mad
2015-02-08 13:57
your mom
2015-02-09 17:32
good dog esea
2015-02-08 13:58
Jesus all these bans and now, unbans just make the CS scene look like a complete joke. Not only is the scene filled with this corrupt bullshit but now makes it seem like the "officials" running shit don't know what they're doing and making hasty judgement calls before even looking into the matter.
2015-02-08 15:21
That's nice!
2015-02-08 15:22
ban Shazam
2015-02-08 16:17
not like they'll even qualify aylmao
2015-02-08 16:38
they qualified last time so
2015-02-08 21:35
2 players from them bet on scandal with alsen and there are a lot of evidences to throw up, and those fail team got unbaned nice volvo really nice -.-
2015-02-08 20:35
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