Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke may be at risk of a ban from Valve-administered Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events.
After successfully logging into an old Steam profile that purportedly belongs to the OpTic Gaming player, a hacker has accused k0nfig of having a Valve Anti-Cheat System ban on an old account.
In the past, Valve has come down hard on pro competitors with old VAC bans, even bans delivered years before the player went professional. Last year, DETONA Gaming rifler Vinicius “v$m” Moreira was banned from Valve events after the corporation discovered he had received a VAC ban in 2013—when he was only 13 years old. Though v$m remains a member of DETONA and continues to compete in ESL events, the incident left an indelible stain on the Brazilian’s career.
However, k0nfig might just make it through these accusations without any significant repercussions. In 2017, k0nfig was the subject of a report on Dust2 that claimed he might have a VAC ban on an older account, but did not receive any punishment from Valve, with Copenhagen Games CEO Zahid Butt stating that Valve had known about the VAC ban and chosen not to act on it.
K0nfig himself appears to be unfazed by the allegations. Shortly after they came out in a Reddit thread yesterday, he jumped on Twitter to complain about the hack.
K0nfig is OpTic’s longest-standing and arguably most popular player, having accrued a devoted following during his four years as a Counter-Strike pro. An indefinite ban from Valve majors for k0nfig would certainly lead to a much greater uproar than the situation surrounding v$m’s ban, and it’s possible that Valve simply doesn’t want to deal with the flak. But if k0nfig is indeed barred from competition, his absence will leave a huge hole in OpTic’s roster.