Former Ninjas in Pyjamas CS:GO coach Faruk "pita" Pita has come forth to reveal that his appeal against the coaching ban placed against him by ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) regarding the ‘Spectator Bug Scandal’ was successful.
Following a hearing which took place on 29th December last year, pita’s “ESIC ban has been reduced with 45%,” which means that the 30-year-old will be unbanned within the next months on 13th March 2021.
ESIC Reduces Former NiP CS:GO Coach Cheating Ban
The infamous ‘Spectator Bug Scandal’ which is still under investigation by ESIC had witnessed 37 CS:GO coaches receiving a ban for varying durations after the release of their initial report. At the time, all banned coaches had been given a chance to come forth and appeal the verdict if deemed unfair by them.
This led to former ForZe CS:GO coach Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov becoming the first CS:GO coach to be officially unbanned by ESIC, following a successful appeal which overturned the 7.5 months ban that had been handed to him after the investigation.
Pita had taken the same route with his appeal finally being heard on 29th December last year, which was a success as his ban was reduced by 45% bringing it down from a period of 10 months to just 5.5 months. This means that he will now be officially unbanned on 13th March 2021, in less than two months time.
According to pita’s TwitLonger post, he had a meeting with two ESIC officials who after hearing his appeal took into consideration the fact that he had confessed about using the exploit during the ‘confession period’ granted by ESIC and had also attempted to inform Valve about the bug in 2018.
“I was informed that my actions, according to the matrix was a confession accepted in full (25%) and having shown assistance in the investigation (20%) according to the commissioner. The commissioner said during the hearing that he had sympathy with me because the bug “came” to me and that he believed I acted correctly when I decided to stop it and report it to the developers.”
Pita was last seen coaching Ninjas in Pyjamas’ CS:GO team in January 2020, with his ban coming to an end in mid-March the coach has once again put himself out there saying that, “I do not want to go to any other game. CS has been my passion since 2001 and it still is. I will not accept any offers as an ‘analyst’ or whatever until the 13th of March, as I wish to respect the ban handed by ESIC.”