Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal’s star footballer and an avid casual gamer, has found himself in an unexpected controversy. The Brazilian athlete recently received a VAC ban in CS2, sparking a wave of discussion and memes within the gaming community.
The Unfortunate Ban: Caught in Valve’s Net
Jesus was hit with a VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) ban, typically reserved for players caught cheating. With an inventory worth over $38,000, the ban not only barred him from playing but also put his valuable collection at risk.
In response, Jesus took to the social media platform X, tagging the official Counter-Strike account, seeking help for what he claimed was an “unjust” ban.
Hi @counterstrike my account received a VAC ban unfairly, can you help me? Follow the account link and print of the ban https://t.co/pd2BgmA2BX pic.twitter.com/yQPI8uM5Jj
— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus9) January 22, 2024
The Brazilian Affinity for Counter-Strike
Many Brazilian footballers like Neymar, Casemiro, and Gabriel Jesus have a known fascination with Counter-Strike. The game’s popularity in Brazil, combined with the increased gaming and streaming during the pandemic, has highlighted footballers’ interest in PC gaming.
The Community’s Reaction
Following Jesus’ public outcry, the community on X responded with memes, and some even doubted the authenticity of the account. However, it was confirmed that the complaint came from Jesus’ official account.
Hoje teve live de @gabrieljesus com direito a Clutch no CS! #EsportsNaESPN pic.twitter.com/BSwuCkTLCH
— ESPN Esports Brasil (@ESPNEsportsBR) October 15, 2020
Awaiting a Response from Counter-Strike
As of the latest update, there has been no official response from Counter-Strike to Jesus’ post. The situation remains unresolved, leaving the footballer and his fans in limbo regarding the future of his gaming hobby.
A Surprise for Gabriel Jesus
This incident serves as a reminder of the complexities surrounding online gaming and account security. While the situation is unfortunate for Gabriel Jesus, it highlights the importance of fair play and the impact of anti-cheat systems in maintaining the integrity of online games.