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37 CS:GO coaches banned for using a years-old bug, more to come

Published: 20:12, 28 September 2020
Counter Strike

Cheating in video games usually takes form of some sort of script but in the case of CS:GO pro scene, it was due to a bug almost half a decade old.

Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) banned 37 CS:GO coaches for exploiting a bug that allowed them to see the positions of the opposing team in spectator mode.

Depending on the severity of the infraction, the ban durations became variable. Furthermore, each ban could be shortened by a fixed percentage, based on whether the coach fulfilled certain requirements:

  • Confession prior to investigation announcement - 40 per cent
  • Confession accepted in full - 25 per cent
  • Confession accepted partially - 12.5 per cent
  • Assistance in the investigation - 20 per cent reduction

The full list of coaches banned can be found on HLTV's report of the incident , along with the ban lengths and reductions applied. While the 37 bans already look like a significant number, that's not all. 

According to ESIC's announcement, these bans are results of analysis from only 20 per cent of available data, which amounts to 99,650 demos. The commission will issue the final report at the end of October 2020 to close the investigation.

One unfortunate byproduct appears to be the ban of Casper "ruggah" Due , OG's coach, who allegedly went through the exploit for just one round during 2016, while coaching Team Dignitas.

OG stood in support of their coach and expressed wish to continue working with him following the conclusion of the ban period.

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