Swedish professional CS:GO player Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson has received a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) ban. CS:GO fans noticed the ban earlier today, speculating on why it had been dealt to the legendary player. KRIMZ reached out to the official CS:GO Twitter account to remedy the issue.
KRIMZ has represented Swedish side Fnatic for most of his CS:GO career, originally joining the organization in 2014 and rejoining them in 2016 after two months with GODSENT. KRIMZ won two CS:GO Major tournaments under the Fnatic name, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015. The rifler has been included on HLTV’s Top 20 player list four times, peaking as the seventh-best player in the world in 2015.
While the recent VAC ban is likely wrongful, KRIMZ and his Fnatic teammates have been the subject of cheating rumors and accusations for years. Some CS:GO fans have speculated the ban is due to the Esportal client, which one Reddit commenter says is the Swedish version of FACEIT. The commenter claims other users of the platform, including themselves, were wrongfully banned as well due to their “trash” anti-cheat.
Other commenters speculate on whether the ban has anything to do with CS:GO’s new Trusted mode. Trusted mode prevents other programs from running at the same time as the game, potentially resulting in a ban if another program tips it off.
There has been no response from Valve on the ban. KRIMZ is set to play against Dignitas in Flashpoint season 2 this Tuesday.
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