Coaches get green light for ESL One: Road to Rio
ESL has informed teams that coaches will be allowed to communicate with their players in the ESL One: Road to Rio tournaments.
In an email sent to teams on Tuesday afternoon, ESL stated that "after the conclusion of the voting and further elaboration", it was decided that coaches "will be able to join the game server and talk to the players throughout the matches".
ESL had reached out to the teams competing in ESL One: Road to Rio on Monday to ask if coaches should be allowed to communicate with their players without restrictions or if they shouldn't even be allowed in the game server. The first option required the unanimous approval of all participating teams, sparking negative reactions from professional players and coaches on Twitter.
HLTV.org knows that the vote had been requested by Valve itself following discussions with ESL and the Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association (CSPPA), who were also involved in the final decision.
ESL One: Road to Rio will begin on Wednesday with the first matches in Europe and in the Americas. The tournament series, which will also include the CIS, Asia and Oceania regions, is part of the qualifying process for this year's Counter-Strike Major, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in November.