ESIC Issues Charges Against Three CS:GO Coaches For Using Spectator Bug

ESIC Issues Charges Against CS:GO Coaches of Imperial, Spirit, 9z for Using Spectator Bug

Sanctions have been handed out to three CS:GO coaches ahead of the Major.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Following its initial statement, the ESIC has come forward to issue charges against three CS:GO coaches for using the spectator bug.
Peacemaker has been charged for a free roam variant of the spectator bug, while hally and zakk have been charged for a static variant.
All three CS:GO coaches have been handed provisional suspensions, but they are free to compete in the Antwerp Major as the ESIC is not partnered with PGL and Valve.

The ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) following up on its statement from yesterday, where it had outlined that three CS:GO coaches would be handed provisional suspensions from ESIC member events, has issued charges against Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu, Sergey "hally" Shavayev, and Rafael "zakk" Fernandes.

A thing of key importance here is that both PGL and Valve are not members of the ESIC and hence the body has no jurisdiction to make any decision related to the upcoming Antwerp Major 2022. This means that all three coaches are free to compete in the first CS:GO Major of the year unless specifically instructed by PGL or Valve.

This means that the three CS:GO coaches can attend the Belgian tournament with Imperial Esports, Team Spirit, and 9z Team respectively, continuing to support them through the duration of the event.

While charges have been drawn out against the three coaches, the final sanctions against them have not been imposed till now because that is subject to a final determination by the ESIC after considering any and all replies that they receive.

ESIC issues charges against peacemaker, hally, and zakk for using a variant of the spectator bug

The three CS:GO coaches peacemaker, hally, and zakk have been issued their respective charges for using the spectator bug. Here is what the ESIC had stated about them,

  • Peacemaker has been caught for using the free roam variant of the spectator bug, the most harmful of the three whose usage has been equated to all-out cheating by the ESIC.

    For this, peacemaker will be penalized based on sections 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 of the Code of Conduct (Cheating Offences) and may carry a ban of up to 24 months (2 years).

    According to the ESIC, peacemaker did not act in a proper manner after coming across the free roam spectator bug on 6th March 2018 during a match between Heroic and Imperial, as part of the ESC Season 5 Europe Challenger Cup.

    He was bugged on the map Inferno for just one round towards the very beginning. This is the case based on which the ESIC will be taking action against him.

  • Hally has been caught for using the static variant of the spectator bug, which has a listed risk factor of moderate to high-level. He encountered it during the CIS Rising League Season 3 when he was coaching Espada.

    For this, the ESIC will be handing out the sanction based on the 'Sanctions Matrix' it had prepared last time when 37 coaches had been punished for the same, most likely facing a ban of up to five months.

    According to the ESIC, hally did not act in a proper manner after coming across the static spectator bug on 27th November 2019, for just one round, while playing on Mirage during a match between Espada and Dracarys as part of the CIS Rising League Season 3.

Statement by Team Spirit in support of their CS:GO coach hally

  • Zakk has been caught for using the static variant of the spectator bug, which has a listed risk factor of moderate to high-level. He encountered it during the Aorus League 2020 #3 Southern Cone and ESL One Cologne 2018 North America Closed Qualifier.

    For this, the ESIC will be handing out the sanction based on the 'Sanctions Matrix' it had prepared last time when 37 coaches had been punished for the same, most likely facing a ban of up to five months.

    According to the ESIC, zakk did not act in a proper manner after coming across the static spectator bug on 7th August 2020, for half a round, while playing on Overpass during a match between 9z and River Plater as part of the Aorus League 2020 #3 Southern Cone.

    He had encountered the bug earlier on 24th May 2018 also for one whole round while playing on Mirage during a match between Luminosity and eUnited as part of the ESL One Cologne 2018 North America Closed Qualifier.

It will be interesting to see what decision the teams take moving forwards into the PGL Antwerp Major 2022. Do they continue competing along with their coaches or follow the guidelines set forth by the ESIC, which has no jurisdiction over the tournament in question.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.