Recently, an investigation was held regarding the exploitation of a spectating bug in ESL and DreamHack CS: GO tournaments. As a conclusion, ESL and DreamHack staff found the spectating bug was used by some coaches which gave them an unfair advantage to become a spectator at any point of the map.
The organisers investigated and analyzed all matches of the past 6 months organised by ESL and DreamHack. After the investigation they found 3 coaches who used the bug during the match, they all got banned for more than 6 months. A few years ago when the coach mode was introduced in the competitive scene there was the spectating bug but after some time it got fixed. The bug showed up once again where coaches could switch to spectator mode and easily spectate all the players.
After investigating and deeply analyzing, the staff found three coaches who knowingly used the bug for their advantage.
Aleksandr”MechanoGun” Bogatiryev Coach of Hard Legion Esports used the glitch on six maps in three matches at ESL One Road to Rio.
Nicolai”HUNDEN” Peterson coach of Heroic used the glitch in 10 rounds on one map at DreamHack Masters Spring. Ricardo”dead” Sinigaglia coach of MIBR was found using bug at ESL One Road to Rio.
ESL said, “The individual teams have been contacted and informed. We have also notified other tournament organizers of this and will help them investigate the matches on their end. ESIC will be issuing separate sanctions with a statement in due course under the ESIC Player Code of Conduct, which was applied at our tournaments and has been breached by these coaches. We want to thank Michal Slowinski (CS: GO Referee) for his significant contribution and work as part of the investigation.”
Heroic said on this ban, “All questions will be answered at a later point. As we are yet to review the evidence in this matter we currently have no comments. An internal investigation was started today after we received the info from DreamHack staff.”
All teams have been disqualified from all tournaments and forfeited any ESL Pro Tour points and prizemoney. ESL also said several more coaches encountered the bug during the matches but they didn’t use it anyway.