An ESports Cheater Used As PSA Spokesman About Cheating
We've made it clear that our stance toward cheating and betting in eSports should be zero-tolerance for anyone involved with a team. Because getting caught hasn't really stopped people from doing it, even with players receiving suspensions and bans from events without ever seeing a fine or stricter punishment. Now one of the most prominent people to get caught cheating is using that fame to tell others not to do it, but it kinda misses the mark.
That PSA features Josh "Steel" Nissan, a player who was caught cheating at CS:GO and banned from competitive play, as well as Valve events moving forward from 2015 on. The PSA was shown at the Beyond The Summit tournament this past weekend as a cautionary tale to other players, however, it ad comes up pretty disingenuous. Aside from Nissan looking like he doesn't really care to be there, the line about "working shitty tier-three events as a caster" is a nod to the fact that there's life for pro-gamers after cheating at one game. In fact, after being forced off the CS:GO team for iBUYPOWER, he moved onto playing Overwatch for Splyce as a competitive player for a while. It's like having Lance Armstrong do a PSA against doping in cycling while now actively competing in running. Can you truly take the word of a guy who cheated, moved onto another game, and doesn't look like he cares about the lesson he sort of learned?
We applaud you for the message, BTS. But maybe you should have taken a second pass at picking a spokesman for this one.