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Counter-Strike tournament service ESEA doesn’t mess around when it comes to handing out suspensions. It has just imposed a 1000-year ban on one player after sexually explicit conversations and photos between himself and a 15-year-old girl surfaced online.
The chat logs between the girl and 25-year-old Bloom are still online. They show the player boasting about how “there’s just something about being able to influence young minds,” and “I just don’t care that I’m a pedophile.” He also sends her a nude video of himself.
The girl clearly states that she is a minor in the conversation, something Bloom acknowledges. He posted an apology on his Twitter account (since deleted), the cached version of which you can read here. “No excuses, obviously incredibly stupid of me to do what I did. But please keep the hate on me, don’t give crap to to [sic] any of my friends or [organizations] I’ve associated with. I hope some people can forgive me, but I understand if not,” he wrote.
Bloom had been playing for Armor eSports and is a former member of Grandpa Berets and the now disbanded ESEA Invite team Exertus.
ESEA told Kotaku Australia that Bloom was banned for his “interactions with a member of the community,” and that “these types of actions are not acceptable,” though they didn’t go into specifics.