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CS2 Pro Gets Permanently Banned by ESL After Stealing SSDs at IEM Dallas

Adam “nbgee12” Zanzoul, a 19-year-old professional Counter-Strike 2 player from North America, recently found himself at the center of a significant controversy. He was caught trespassing and stealing SSDs from other players at the IEM Dallas event. This incident was initially brought to light by Dust2.us and confirmed through ESL’s event camera footage.

At the event, Zanzoul was detained by the Dallas Police Department but faced no formal charges. ESL, however, took swift action by issuing a lifetime ban for Zanzoul, effectively ending his professional career in CS2 esports. The ban also extends to the competitive matchmaking platform FACEIT.

Key Takeaways

  • Adam “nbgee12” Zanzoul was caught stealing SSDs at IEM Dallas.
  • ESL issued a lifetime ban from CS2 esports.
  • Zanzoul’s professional career in CS2 is effectively over.

How CS2 Pro nbgee12 Stole SSDs at IEM Dallas

Adam “nbgee12” Zanzoul arrived in Dallas on Thursday, June 30, with plans to meet friends. While waiting for them to show up on Friday, he decided to join a Discord server and head to the IEM Dallas venue around 4 a.m.

Streaming on Discord, Zanzoul entered the area where the SSDs were stored. He took SSDs belonging to CS2 pros Jake “Stewie2K” Yip, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, and Guy “NertZ” Iluz. These SSDs are crucial as they contain each pro’s in-game settings, allowing for quick swaps between matches to maintain competitive integrity.

ESL officials, using the event’s surveillance cameras, observed Zanzoul stealing the SSDs. Police detained him soon after, but no charges were pressed. Instead, Zanzoul was banned from the event and subsequently barred from the FACEIT platform.

During an interview with CoJoMo, Zanzoul admitted to being under the influence of cannabis at the time and argued that his actions were intended as a joke. He believed this should result in a lighter punishment, claiming he was merely “trolling.”

Who is nbgee12?

Adam “nbgee12” Zanzoul, a 19-year-old esports player, has primarily been involved in the lower tiers of North America’s Counter-Strike 2 scene. His most significant involvement before the theft incident was as a stand-in for Elevate during the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event for the PGL Copenhagen Major in March. Two months prior to the IEM Dallas incident, Zanzoul had a permanent ban for attempted match-fixing in FPL-C qualifiers reversed by ESL. Given the recent events, it is doubtful that ESL will reconsider its stance on Zanzoul.

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Justin is a gaming journalist known for his coverage of the video game industry, with a focus on the business and labor practices of major video game companies. He is a contributing editor at Fragster and has written for a variety of other publications, including Wired and Polygon. He is known for his investigative reporting and his efforts to shed light on the often tumultuous inner workings of the video game industry.

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