Kamil "Koma" Biktimirov has issued a public apology, after he was caught using another player's account during an official DPC match - resulting in him being permanently banned from Valve and PGL events.
Koma apologises for rule breaking
His ban was announced earlier this week, alongside nine other players, all of whom have received lifetime bans from Valve and PGL tournaments for account sharing and impersonating members of other teams during tournament games - Which is strictly prohibited under Valve's rules.
Koma has made a public apology for his behaviour - and asked Valve to reduce the severity of his sentence, in the hopes that he could make a return to professional play. He also stated that his rule-breaking took place before he joined Virtus.Pro, and that the team had no idea about his wrong-doing.
"Today I learned the biggest lesson of my life. I made a mistake, listened to the persuasions of other people, believed them, and played an official match from another account, hoping to receive prize money from the tournament. I fully admit my guilt and apologize to the entire community, especially to VP fans. I understand how much I let my club down, but I can’t do anything with it.
"I really wanted to be a Virtus.pro player, so I hid the fact of my wrongdoing during the tests at VP, hoping no one would find out about it. I am 20 years old, Dota is my whole life, and now it is put to rest, and I have no one to blame except myself. I agree, there should be a punishment for my mistake, but I will ask Valve to reduce the ban. I want to believe in the best, but I will accept any choice Valve makes."
It was frustrating news for Virtus.Pro, who had only just welcomed Koma to the team earlier this month, only for him to receive a lifetime ban from attending the majority of Dota 2 professional events. Virtus.Pro CEO Nikolai Petrossian said he was "shocked and saddened" to hear about the news, adding that the club "strongly condemns any manipulations in professional esports, which undermine public trust to the esports industry."
It remains to be seen if Koma's apology will change the duration of his sentence - though given that Valve seems to be cracking down heavily on rule-breaking behaviour, it seems unlikely.
But with or without Koma, the DPC 2023 season is fast approaching. We'll keep you on top of things at every step of the way - so be sure to sign up for your free account before things start in earnest!