At just 17 years old, Braxton "Swag" Pierce was on the cusp of a breakthrough career inCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the fastest growingesportsscenes on the planet. But on Jan. 26, 2015, Pierce and three other members of his team, iBUYPOWER, were indefinitely banned from Valve-sponsored events. The game’s developer hadconfirmeda Daily Dot report alleging the team fixed a match in order to win thousands of dollars worth of skins. Pierce’s career appeared to be over.
IRL – tickets now on sale, nominations open – join us at the comeback industry event on September 16th
IRL will be a casual, inclusive event, designed so that anyone and everyone in the industry can attend, meet colleagues, network, and applaud our collective efforts