Pro CS:GO Player Jamppi Sued Wrong Valve Over VAC Ban

Jamppi sued the wrong Valve, according to the company's response to his suit.
Jamppi sued the wrong Valve, according to the company's response to his suit. | Photo by Stephanie Lindgren/DreamHack

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen's filed his lawsuit against the wrong Valve, according to the company's response to Jamppi's lawsuit.

The response, made in May but only shown to the public by Finnish news website Ilta-Sanomat Tuesday, says Jamppi sued Valve GmbH rather than Valve Corporation. Valve Corporation is the company founded in 1996 and that owns and operates CS:GO. Valve GmbH is a Germany-based subsidiary to Valve Corporation itself founded in 2016.

Valve GmbH rejected Jamppi's complaint, which called for lifting his ban from participating in Majors and damages worth around $300,000, stating he had brought the lawsuit against the wrong company. Valve GmbH is related to the manufacture of electronic equipment and disconnected from software and its licensing.

Valve GmbH's response also claims the District Court of Eastern Uusimaa has no jurisdiction to hear the case, as Valve GmbH is based in Germany and conducts no business in Finland. The company argues the court should dismiss the case as inadmissible.

Jamppi and his legal team face a deadline of June 25 to respond to Valve GmbH.

Jamppi filed his lawsuit in February, arguing that a VAC violation associated with an account that once belonged to him should not constitute a permanent ban from playing in Majors. His case could set a precedent regarding the legality of lifetime bans in esports.