Report: 52 CS:GO Coaches Might Get Banned As ESIC Finalizes Coach Bug Investigation

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Report: 52 CS:GO Coaches May Be Banned After ESIC Coaching Bug Investigation

More CS:GO coaches could get sanctions issued against them.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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As per reports, ESIC is in the final stages of completing and publicly revealing the outcome of two investigations related to the coaching bug scandal.
About 52 CS:GO coaches might allegedly get banned following the release of the first investigation report.
Though no official date has been revealed so far, it seems the investigation reports could be released before the upcoming PGL Major Antwerp 2022.

It has been more than a year since ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) had come forward with the preliminary findings of the coach bug abuse investigation, handing out sanctions against 37 CS:GO coaches while also promising a quick follow up.

No further updates have been provided by the ESIC on the issue ever since. But a recent report by Richard Lewis on Dexerto has revealed that more coaches in CS:GO are about to get banned for abusing the bug as two investigations related to the case are in the final stages of being released.

The ESIC is trying to be as thorough as possible by probing all instances of this bug abuse, numbers of which are reportedly in the hundreds, and it seems like the first of the two investigations could see sanctions being handed out to about 52 CS:GO coaches.

ESIC might release two more investigations related to the CS:GO coaching bug abuse

The ESIC had taken action against multiple CS:GO coaches via its preliminary investigation report in September 2020. Since then there have been no further contributions to this open investigation, however, it seems that two more investigations on the case are reportedly near conclusion.

The matter could be resolved ahead of the upcoming PGL Major Antwerp 2022 which is scheduled to take place from 9th to 22nd May, as several members associated with the CSPPA (Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association) have expressed a desire to ensure that the highest levels of integrity are maintained at the tournament.

The CS:GO community has been quite vocal about the fact that the ESIC has been painfully slow when it comes to the investigation of this particular case, with rumours pointed out by Dexerto suggesting that this could have been due to staffing issues and managerial shifts at the time.

Some of the issues faced by the ESIC with the coaching bug investigation are as follows,

  • The scale of the problem is massive, going back five years or more in some cases.

  • Discovery of new types of coach bugs as the investigation unfolded made things more complex, as the automated process being utilized to locate such instances while viewing the demos had to be reworked and refined.

ESIC investigator on his role in the case

These new coaching bugs worked in a slightly different manner but the outcome it provided was the same. Here are examples of the different types of coaching bugs that have been witnessed so far,

  • The very basic type of coaching bug provides a static view of an area, it was the most commonly used and had resulted in the initial coach ban wave.

  • A type that is bit more advanced is the free roam view coaching bug. This allows a coach to feely roam around the map and view any information that is required.

  • Somewhere in between these is the third person view coaching bug. Using this a coach could view a teammate in third person, providing a player additional information when clearing angles and other such thigs.

  • Lastly, there was a coach bug where the view got stuck to the planted bomb and this helped players with information about the bomb actually being defused or it being faked.

At this point in time there is no final date on when the first of the two investigations will be finished and announced publicly. However, it could well be announced before the Antwerp Major.

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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.