The ESIC has issued a statement regarding the CS:GO Coaching Bug scandal that emerged earlier this week.
The Esports Integrity Coalition states that there is "insufficient evidence available to determine with any certainty" that the players taking part in the affected games were aware of what transpired.
Coaching Bug Verdict Issued
Earlier this week, Heroic's Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen, MIBR's Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia and Hard Legion's Aleksandr "zoneR" Bogatiryev were banned for using a coaching bug across matches during the ESL One: Road To Rio tournament.
The glitch essentially allows coaches to spy on an area of the map, allowing them to relay information to their team, particularly if the spot showed the entirety of an enemy squad.
You can check out the glitch in action below:
For those wondering how this coaching bug works, here is a short clip of me being bugged on mirage, A spot. You can pick any location on the map you want. And yes, you can rotate the camera angle as much as you want. pic.twitter.com/C0CdDV9zXi
— Michal Slowinski (@michau9_)
The ESIC statement notes:
"ESIC’s role in protecting the industry from cheating and match-fixing involves the assessment of evidence in order to determine breaches of our Code. Accordingly, ESIC will not speculate on the complicity of players and we urge all other parties in the industry to do the same."
The coaches have received bans already. Hard Legion has already removed zoneR following his two year ban, while dead and HUNDEN have both been suspended by their respective organisations in response to their six and twelve-month bans respectively.
As part of their bans, the following restrictions have been imposed:
- Must not actively or passively communicate with the team starting 15 minutes prior to the official match start up until the end of the match.
- Must not be physically present around the team starting 15 minutes prior to the official match start up until the end of the match.
- Must not be on the game server during official matches.
- Must not be on the official match channel on the Discord server.Must not be part of the official map veto process nor be in communication with the team during this process.
If you have any information about the case, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ESICS310820.