Property were leading the score 8-4 on de_dust2, the first map of the best-of-three series, when Joel “emilio” Mako was suddenly disconnected from the server.

“emilioOOo<25>” disconnected (reason “VAC banned from secure server,” read the server log.

Some players have reported that a major VAC ban wave has hit the scene, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Joel “emilio” Mako

According to fragbite, Property “have been suspended from the tournament until further notice” as the event organizers investigate what happened.

Contacted by, Joel “emilio” Mako stressed that he is innocent, and called on Valve to back his claims.

“I am leaving this in Valve’s hands. I cannot prove my innocence, but I know they can,” Mako told