E-sports league, ESL, has banned several CS:GO coaches that were abusing a spectator bug in order to cheat in big tournaments.

The coaches from the teams Hard Legion, Heroic and MIRB got a six months to two years ban because they took advantage of a spectator’s mode glitch that allowed them to view all the map without anyone knowing. Of course there was no exact explanation about how the bug worked but according to ESL it was enabled “by taking a combination of different steps.” This specific glitch were used by the coach to provide the players with information about the enemy team’s location and weapons.

Of course, using that kind of bugs in tournaments is strictly prohibited by section 6.10.5 of ESL’s rules. The rule states that “The intentional use of any bugs, glitches, or errors in the game is forbidden. It is up to the admin’s discretion whether or not the use of said bugs had an effect on the match, and whether or not he will award rounds, or the match to the opposing team, or to force a rematch. The usage of the following bugs is strictly forbidden, if any bug is used which is not listed here it is up to the admin’s discretion whether or not a punishment is necessary.”

Coaches MechanoGun of Hard Legion, Hunden of Heroic, and dead of MIBR were found “guilty” of using that spectator cheat during one of ESL’s CS:GO match replays analysis. The specific tournaments and matches can be found below:

  • Aleksandr “MechanoGun” Bogatiryev of Hard Legion: ESL One Road to Rio, on 6 maps in 3 matches
  • Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen of Heroic: DreamHack Masters Spring, in 10 rounds on 1 map
  • Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia of MIBR: ESL One Road to Rio, in 1 round on 1 map

MechanoGun was banned for two years, Hunden for one and dead for 6 months. The suspension prohibits them not only from coaching, but from playing the game as well. The teams involved in the scandal were also disqualified from all future tournaments and they will give all the money they earned back to ESL.

“The individual teams have been contacted and informed. We have also notified other tournament organizers of this and will help them investigate the matches on their end,” ESL said. “ESIC will be issuing separate sanctions with a statement in due course under the ESIC Player Code of Conduct, which was applied at our tournaments and has been breached by these coaches. ESIC sanctions apply to all ESIC Member events, and apply further than our sanctions which apply only to DreamHack and ESL tournaments and leagues. As part of this announcement, we consider it also important to note that multiple coaches other than those mentioned in this post have encountered the bug. They did not abuse it in any way.”

MIBR and Heroic accepted the ban and tweeted that they will begin an investigation of their own. However, Hard Legion has not yet commented on the ban. In other FPS news, there are rumors about subway stations coming to Call of Duty: Warzone along with a leak about the release date of the Black Ops: Cold War Beta.


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