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Valve Eases VAC Ban Restrictions for CS:GO Majors

Valve has eased their VAC restrictions, allowing certain previously banned players to compete in upcoming CS:GO Majors.
Valve has eased their VAC restrictions, allowing certain previously banned players to compete in upcoming CS:GO Majors. / Photo courtesy of Valve

Valve has announced a new set of Regional Major Rankings (RMR) guidelines that will allow certain banned players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to participate in upcoming Majors. Valve restated their VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) policy on Thursday, granting banned players a way to participate in CS:GO Majors events. The bans will still hold in all other facets of the game.

Valve Eases VAC Ban Restrictions for CSGO Majors

There are several requirements that must be met for a VAC-banned player to be eligible to enter Majors. Players are disqualified from competing in Majors if they meet the following criteria:

  • If the ban was issued within the past five years, a player is ineligible
  • If the ban was issued after the player's first participation in a Valve-sponsored event, they are ineligible

All VAC bans issued more than five years ago will be lifted for Majors competition, but players with more recent bans have no chance at entering. If a player received the ban after previously competing in any Valve event, they are also prohibited from entering. Essentially, only players whose bans are older than five years and have never competed in Majors or other official CS:GO events are eligible for participation.

CS:GO Majors are set to return in 2021 with PGL Major Stockholm this fall. The tournament will span two weeks, starting Oct. 23 and ending Nov. 7.