It has been a bug day for competitive CS:GO as Valve comes forward with huge updates related to the gameplay side of things, punishing coaches caught by ESIC for ‘Spectator Bug’ abuse, and planning out the 2021 RMR circuit.
While most of it has gone down well with the community, Valve’s decision to implement some strict restrictions on coaches and support staff for CS:GO Majors has really been a point of contention. Many players and coaches have raised concerns against these set of guidelines, which might have a significant impact on how certain teams perform.
While taking action against CS:GO coaches who were caught cheating by ESIC for abusing the ‘Spectator Bug’, Valve also published some strict guidelines against support staff which includes coaches. The additional measures were taken by Valve after realizing “how commonly coaches exploited the bug, for how long it went unreported, as well as how common coach stream-sniping accusations have been.”
So, in order to ensure complete competitive integrity during Valve sponsored tournaments strict restrictions were issued and the exact statement reads as follows,
“During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.”
This is going to have a huge impact on how certain teams perform, it will effect the way many teams currently operate, and has been widely perceived as a punishment by all the coaches who remain clean and did not partake in any kind of cheating.
With this rule taking effect across all Valve sponsored tournaments, a coach will be nothing but an observer during an online match. They will not be able to communicate with the team at all while they are playing and this is a huge blow to how top-tier competitive Counter-Strike operates.
Many coaches have come forward to express their disappointment with Valve over these set of restrictions aimed towards them. While majority seem to find this solution by Valve ridiculous, there are some who are backing up Valve, asking the community to come up with better alternate solutions. It will be interesting to see how this plays out!