Esports Integrity Commission Sanctions 37 CS:GO Coaches in Cheating Scandal

After an investigation, that to date has only gone through approximately 20% of the available evidence, the Esports Integrity Commission has sanctioned 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches for cheating. The sanctions, which range anywhere between a five to 36-month competitive ban, were handed down due to the offenders use of an exploit bug that allows coaches to place an in-game camera that could be used to show the movement and location of opponents in real time. The sanctions are only in effect for those tournament organizers who have signed an agreement to partner with the ESIC, allowing the commission to make such competitive rulings.

The investigation dates back to Sept. 4 when the ESIC had been advised that multiple coaches were using a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode to possibly gain a competitive advantage. According to a statement released by the ESIC in regards to its summary of findings, after reviewing approximately 20K video demos to date, the commission found the following:

  • The ESIC has reviewed approximately 20% of the total demos available for review. 
  • Thus far only 0.1% of the total demos available for review (99,650) have returned a positive indication of “Spectator Bug” abuse.
  • The Spectator Bug has previously been referred to admins in various non-ESIC member tournaments as far back as 2017 and that the ESIC is not aware of how the reports were treated by non-members.
  • ESIC has issued sanctions against 37 offending parties.
  • ESIC could not ascertain whether the teams related to the offending parties were complicit in the exploitation of the Spectator Bug at the time that the offenses took place.
  • ESIC anticipates it will only need to issue one further report at the end of October which will conclude the investigation into Spectator Bug abuse.

After the announcement of sanctions against the 37 were made public, the ESIC also made a plea to non-ESIC member tournament organizers to uphold said sanctions saying, “The ESIC welcomes any dialogue with these non-ESIC member tournament organizers relating to bolstering and harmonizing competitive integrity for CS:GO.”  

The plea was made due to the fact that the ESIC’s power is derived only from signed partnership agreements with member organizations and has no legal standing to enforce sanctions across CS:GO as a whole.

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