ESEA lifts ban on nosraC, vek, J0LZ

The North American Premier players can resume playing on the league platform after serving bans since April.

ESEA has lifted the bans of former Russian Canadians duo David "⁠J0LZ⁠" Jolin and Alex "⁠vek⁠" Voynov, as well as former Rebirth member Carson "⁠nosraC⁠" O'Reilly.

The three players were suspended from the platform in April following the release of a transcript of a leaked recording by Dust2.us, in which they were implicated in discussions about match-fixing in a conversation between Sebastian "⁠retchy⁠" Tropiano and Kevin "⁠4pack⁠" Przypasniak, both of whom remain banned on ESEA.

When reached for comment, an ESEA representative informed HLTV.org that nosraC's ban had expired at the recommendation of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), who had told ESEA to keep the ban in place "while the investigation was ongoing."

The reason for allowing J0LZ and vek's bans to elapse was not able to be confirmed by the ESEA representative, but when contacted by HLTV.org, J0LZ stated that he had received an email from ESIC in which they recommended that his suspension also be lifted.

vek has had his suspension lifted by ESEA at the recommendation of ESIC

In the leaked recording, retchy and 4pack can be heard discussing the possibility of fixing two matches in ESEA MDL Season 35 North America, one of which was against Russian Canadians. Notably, the match in question was forfeited by Russian Canadians and never took place.

Following a back-and-forth between the pair, retchy states that vek had agreed to be "on radar" for the match, meaning that he would stream his live radar perspective to Rebirth in order to fix the outcome of rounds, and that J0LZ was "okay with it."

nosraC is also briefly heard in the conversation saying that he was unsure if vek would agree to radar, which retchy refutes with the claim that vek had agreed on the condition of receiving a share of the profits from the betting websites used.

In February, prior to the contents of the recording being publicized, vek denied any involvement in the situation, saying in a statement that "there is no evidence of me personally agreeing to anything (because I am not involved at all). This person says my name, I do not know why. I cannot control whose name they say, and for what reason."

Following the release of the transcript, ESEA suspended all five players mentioned in the recording by the recommendation of ESIC, who have been investigating match-fixing in ESEA MDL since September 2020.

At the end of March, ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith revealed via an interview that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had gotten involved in the ongoing investigation, which covered two groups: one that consisted of players who bet on themselves when the opportunity struck, and a second group that had been bribed or influenced by outside "betting syndicates" to fix matches in a more organised fashion.

In the same video, Mr. Smith stated that the first set of findings from the investigation, involving players from the first group mentioned above, should be made public "within the next ten days to two weeks."

It has been nearly four months since that statement, with ESEA initially banning the five players implicated in the recording for two months, before subsequently extending the suspensions as they awaited the release of ESIC's findings.

Although nosraC, J0LZ, and vek's bans have been lifted, 4pack and retchy's have not, with both of their bans set to elapse on August 1 should they not be extended further.

Canada Sebastian 'retchy' Tropiano
Sebastian 'retchy' Tropiano
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
222
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.75
Canada Alex 'vek' Voynov
Alex 'vek' Voynov
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.75
United States Kevin '4pack' Przypasniak
Kevin '4pack' Przypasniak
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
228
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.72
Canada David 'J0LZ' Jolin
David 'J0LZ' Jolin
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
217
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly
Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
277
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
Match fixing is legal now, nice.
2021-07-26 00:03
10 replies
2 players bans are not liffted
2021-07-26 00:05
9 replies
And they get shorter bans that players that just placed bets in csgo matches where their team wasn't even involved...
2021-07-26 00:08
8 replies
This was just conspiracy for betting fraud right? They where planning but didn’t do it cuz they got caught
2021-07-26 00:18
7 replies
Still worse than some Australian betting in a match that could be Astralis vs Liquid for all we know
2021-07-26 00:19
6 replies
That is clearly against the rules tho mens and like I said you always get lighter sentences for what they did because they didn’t actually do it
2021-07-26 00:20
4 replies
ESIC sus, I don't trust ESIC
2021-07-26 00:21
3 replies
Why is that? It’s common in law in general))
2021-07-26 00:26
1 reply
They just sus... They let you report anonymously by giving your full name and phone number...
2021-07-26 00:29
#110
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Slovakia xaboff
+1
2021-07-26 09:30
au cs doesn't bring profit so they don't give af. NA/EU bans would send shock waves
2021-07-26 04:24
#6
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Chile cristiaan
nais
2021-07-26 00:03
#7
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Poland xMBTx
time for IBP guys xd
2021-07-26 00:03
1 reply
they are valve banned not banned from esea but ok
2021-07-26 00:05
LUL
2021-07-26 00:03
#10
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United Kingdom Tormaz
Very important. Not.
2021-07-26 00:03
7 replies
#54
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United States Rayduh
this is pretty interesting, it's like ESIC mysteriously unbanned IBP without giving any reason in 2014, everyone would be asking so many questions
2021-07-26 00:39
5 replies
esic probably banned them without any proof like they did with the australian scene, 95% of the huge aus list that got banned at the start of the year is now unbanned
2021-07-26 00:46
4 replies
#61
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United States Rayduh
that's true, but just because they don't have proof doesn't mean these people aren't dirty.
2021-07-26 00:51
3 replies
well none of the australians actually match fixed they just banned players who bet on tier 1 games while playing tier 4 au cs, the majority that are unbanned now only bet on navi vs gambit games but the 5% still banned bet on their own league wouldn't have a clue if na is something similar or not but i would imagine it would have loads more of those cases esic now has to work around because of the errors they made with au cs
2021-07-26 13:53
2 replies
did the players told you they didn't matchfix or are you just naive to believe that your people are all good?
2021-07-26 19:12
1 reply
they got unbanned because they were not guilty ...
2021-07-27 16:15
I like your attempt at american humor. Is very nice. NAAAT
2021-07-26 03:07
really think they learned their lesson?
2021-07-26 00:04
2 replies
no. none of these guys had any hope for reaching a higher level. they might just join a friend’s team and make a couple thousand more before getting perma’d
2021-07-26 00:27
#55
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United States Rayduh
2021-07-26 00:39
j0lz on LAN?
2021-07-26 00:04
5 replies
#28
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Belarus ChecksOut
I aren't think that
2021-07-26 00:07
I aren’t think that
2021-07-26 00:09
I are think that
2021-07-26 02:38
1 reply
I think i are that
2021-07-27 18:36
I aren't think that
2021-07-26 18:11
#13
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Serbia XD___
matchfixers
2021-07-26 00:04
surprised they're still in CS
2021-07-26 00:04
1 reply
might not, just said they where unbanned
2021-07-26 00:05
#19
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Czech Republic Poloolpp
xiters
2021-07-26 00:05
#20
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Latvia sonofdog
n1
2021-07-26 00:05
big news
2021-07-26 00:05
average na mdl player
2021-07-26 00:07
#31
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Brazil Bactuga
HLTV is really lacking in this player break rn
2021-07-26 00:08
expected
2021-07-26 00:08
um ok
2021-07-26 00:13
LMAO WTF
2021-07-26 00:20
JOELZ ON LAN WTF!?!??!
2021-07-26 00:26
2 replies
#74
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Turkey glitchmob
i aren't think that
2021-07-26 01:58
1 reply
nt joelz in lan liquid era
2021-07-26 04:28
#48
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United States burNout_
But the IBP squad still banned lol
2021-07-26 00:26
1 reply
#56
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United States Rayduh
2021-07-26 00:40
#52
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United States Rayduh
NICE!!!!
2021-07-26 00:36
that was fast, almost no consequence
2021-07-26 00:39
1 reply
#57
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United States Rayduh
2021-07-26 00:40
Fucking scandalous
2021-07-26 00:43
#63
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Sweden HaasF1Team
gz j0lz
2021-07-26 01:07
#64
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Sweden HaasF1Team
To everyone saying "who?". Haven't you watched fragadelphia before fellow newcomers?
2021-07-26 01:09
1 reply
CIS + Europe does not even know what fragdelphia is bro... if they know. they dont really care
2021-07-26 02:00
fucken J0lz lolololol VIVE LA QUEBEC where the Canadian Mafia comes from
2021-07-26 01:17
Nt j0elz
2021-07-26 01:26
Good, don't shoot the messenger
2021-07-26 01:45
#70
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United States BombTaco
neat
2021-07-26 01:45
This is fucked, y’all don’t do anything on the swag azk steel dazed but you let these guys walk only after few months with the same value of money/skins won?
2021-07-26 01:53
Makes no sense but ok
2021-07-26 01:54
j0lz on lan???? i are think that
2021-07-26 02:36
to be honest i dont know these guys or much about how deep this rabbit hole goes, but in the recording it really sounded to me like the sentiment of 4pack was "i dont want to lose games, what the fuck are you talking about" while retchy was really pushing it. nosraC i'm still unsure on. fuck it tho
2021-07-26 03:12
1 reply
#108
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United States kami917
I’m unsure about 4pack as well but I fully believe retchy and Carson were all for it. It’s funny now Carson comes out calling it a bs ban and calling out ESEA for “ruining careers” but he didn’t defend himself once before now. Seems to me that he only got off because they didn’t have enough evidence and now that he knows that he’s acting innocent.
2021-07-26 09:18
Carsons gpa is 1.8 hahahah
2021-07-26 03:17
#89
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China hdgamerrr
Match fixers should be banned forever, in Korea, you could go to jail for this.
2021-07-26 04:16
Its good thing we know ESEA actually supports matchfixers! 😃👍
2021-07-26 05:22
wtf
2021-07-26 05:33
Game is dying so hard they need to unban matchfixers to get some matches to rig, lmao.
2021-07-26 06:01
1 reply
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (actually FeelsBadMan)
2021-07-27 01:45
So even 4pack and retchy only been banned for a couple of months? LMAO. It should have been years of ban at the very least if not perma ban, absolutely ridiculous.
2021-07-26 06:52
does anyone really care? Swag banned for life, these losers unbanned after a few months...
2021-07-26 07:00
jo3lz = joelz budget ?
2021-07-26 09:09
Time to unban swag.
2021-07-26 09:17
#113
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Singapore IamNada
just do matchfixing again, its ok. ESIC just a big joke
2021-07-26 10:07
#114
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United Kingdom sexic
Finally
2021-07-26 10:30
VEK UNBANNED? ESEA SO ROTTEN WTF. HE'S MATCHFIXER
2021-07-26 12:14
#120
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Ukraine Kastrulya
Every 2nd match on ESEA NA was matchfix and everyone knew it Still remember game on overpass and score from 14-1 lead to 14-16
2021-07-26 12:53
Some australian kid bets on himself >> ban Blatantly fixing >> no ban Edit: Whats about that famous "FBI investigation"? lol
2021-07-26 13:27
3 replies
#124
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Lithuania maL0VAS
13yo bums look at the word FBI and think they will bring some justice and jail them lmao they never even had experience with matchfixing and dropped the case after few weeks.
2021-07-26 14:07
1 reply
True. Matchfixing is basically impossible to prove, unless you are doing that in iBP style (fully blatant). Some "leaked screenshots" is not even a solid proof since you can just say "it's not my account" or "it's photoshoped and fake"
2021-07-26 14:14
betting on yourself is still bad, since you're not gonna bet on yourself in games you know you're gonna lose or won't definitely win. Still manipulates the outcome. That was Pete Rose's defense (lifetime ban from baseball and framework for matchfixers getting life bans from Valve) and he's not in the Hall of Fame.
2021-07-31 23:07
Matchfixers should be banned for life,permamently! And even not a single think about it, permament ban, plus no internet acces for year, plus 2weeks in Prison.
2021-07-26 15:23
3 replies
+ castration + sex w/ 10 Black Mens
2021-07-26 18:58
2 replies
thats too harsh, take it out.
2021-07-26 18:59
Seek help
2021-07-27 01:44
#127
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Latvia heywire
Why there's no news they should be in jail....
2021-07-26 15:24
no namers anyway, was this FBI investigation just a big hoax?
2021-07-26 15:34
matchfix doesn't exist guys keep calm
2021-07-26 15:47
#134
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Czech Republic NezmaR
Valorant time has come :D ?
2021-07-26 21:23
ESIC=FIFA Always mafias matchfixing matches
2021-07-27 00:08
#138
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United States h4gg4rd
#FREEBRAX
2021-07-27 03:18
try to fix real sport and u end up in jail, fix on esport and you can continue playing xd #csisdead
2021-07-27 17:09
Actual pro/semi pros throw/cheat all the time but people think this game is legit lmao.
2021-07-28 04:06
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