Valve bans ten Dota 2 players including Virtus.pro Koma` due to account sharing
Valve and PGL just imposed a permanent ban onto ten Dota 2 players. Virtus.pro’s carry player, Koma’ is among the list.
In the midst of the pro scene's silence, PGL dropped a bombshell on the Dota 2 community. It unveiled a list of ten CIS players, including Virtus.pro's Koma`, who have been permanently banned by both Valve and PGL. This punishment is a result of "account sharing and impersonating members of other teams during tournament games."
A set of familiar faces
Among the list are known up-and-rising Dota 2 pros from the Tier 2 scene. All names listed include Paradise', Keintseru, SuperNova, Illusion, Lilskrip, Koma`, Chambl, Limitless, [T]SA, and deihra.
Some of the banned players have a high ranking on the European leaderboard.
One of the most shocking names on the list is Kamil "Koma`" Biktimirov, a 20-year-old Russian player who just signed with Virtus.pro for the upcoming DPC season. Just when the organization feels like it's finally away from controversies, it is once again on the hot seat. But it is likely that the account sharing incident happened before Koma` signed with Virtus.pro.
Another known player on the banned list is Yaroslav "Limitless" Parshin, the former offlaner for the European household, Alliance. Lilskrip (also called Adam) is a part of Thiuth Gaming, an NA Division I team. Paradise is a member of felt, an NA Division II team. Meanwhile, illusion is a player in the WEU DPC Division II under Ancient Tribe.
UPDATE: Virtus.pro responds to Koma`'s case
Addressing the ban on its newly-signed carry player, Virtus.pro decided to conduct an internal investigation. The organization will reveal more details soon.
The CEO of Virtus.pro, Nikolai Petrossian stated, "Shocked and saddened to see VP’s player in this black list. Fair play, integrity and sportsmanship - these are the values I personally believe in and VP is built on the same solid foundations and principles."
There are chances that Virtus.pro faces disqualification from the EEU DPC due to it now fielding an incomplete roster. The roster lock date has long passed and it now depends on whether Valve allows the team to find a replacement or not.
PGL did not share any more details regarding the account-sharing incident. However, it is likely linked to a series of tweets by Luna Gaming's Twitter admin, where he had accused lilskrip of "foul play and betting scandals". It is also likely that the account-sharing incident took place in a D2CL (Dota 2 Champions League) tournament.
A similar case of account sharing happened in March 2021, which saw Division I players like VtFaded and AhJit permanently banned from Valve.