ESIC to investigate historical coaching bug abuse; opens confession period for offenders

The esports watchdog's investigation will go far back as 2016 to identify all cases of the spectator bug abuse.

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has announced that it will contract the services of Michal Slowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer to examine demos dating back to 2016 in order to find any instances of the coaching bug being used. The duo played a key role in uncovering the scandal following claims made by players in private.

After the initial wave of discoveries that led to ESL and ESIC banning Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen, Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia, and Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev, more potential wrongdoers have been found, most notably K23 coach Aset "⁠Solaar⁠" Sembiyev, who has since been suspended by the organisation.

Demos dating back to 2016 will be checked over the next eight months

"After careful consideration of the volumes of material available to ESIC for review, we have reason to believe that exploitation of the Spectator Bug by other parties than those already sanctioned, may have existed historically", ESIC said in a statement.

The goal is to analyse approximately 25,000 demos from games played between 2016 and 2020, through use of AI and visual inspection, starting with the more recent demos. Based on the evidence found, ESIC will decide standardised sanctions, before doing a manual review of key suspect demos and making determinations in accordance to the standardized sanctions, and finally releasing the tranches of standardized sanction on a monthly basis.

Due to the immense workload, ESIC estimates the investigation will take approximately eight months to complete, and will issue "a monthly report (if substantial determinations are required) or a quarterly report (if unsubstantial determinations are required)".

The investigation into the coaching bug abuse will include tournaments by all of ESIC members, "including ESL, DreamHack, BLAST, WePlay, Eden Esports, UMG, UCC, and more".

ESIC's appeal process will be available to any individual who wants to appeal the Independent Disciplinary Panel's ruling. Additionally, ESIC called on those who have abused the bug in the past to admit it, as it has opened a Confession Period that will run until September 13 at 23:00 .

"In ESIC’s view, wherever possible, it is important to work towards reform and rehabilitation of offending parties into individuals who value competitive integrity and can recommence serving the CS:GO community," the organisation added.

"ESIC may choose to apply a concession to any sanction that may apply to the offending party based on the presence and quality of the admission provided".

Admissions of guilt can be made directly to the commissioner by email at commissioner@esic.gg.

HLTV.org will be assisting ESIC by providing complete access to approximately five terabytes of demo footage stored in our servers.

Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.08
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Kazakhstan Aset 'Solaar' Sembiyev
Aset 'Solaar' Sembiyev
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.61
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.23
DPR:
0.54
APR:
0.09
Russia Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
102
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Good job ESIC. Cheaters and bug abusers deserve to be punished. Any predictions guys?
2020-09-04 11:16
zonic
2020-09-04 11:18
kane
2020-09-04 12:18
#114
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United States Festive_
omfg that would be depressing. the bug is really only viable on online tho so their LAN achievements wouldn't be affected
2020-09-04 15:14
Depends if there were online quals to LAN events though?
2020-09-04 16:10
#122
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United States Festive_
astralis got invited to everything anyway
2020-09-04 16:39
LOL Astralis have played 6 online games you think they used bug?
2020-09-06 22:51
5 coaches from tier 2 teams will confess and 1000 from mm players
2020-09-04 11:20
didnt know mm players had coaches
2020-09-05 17:42
Only ones in who are 5 stacks
2020-09-05 17:49
yeah every 5 stack has coach, analyst, physicist, health coach, diet planner and 5 cheerleaders who give head after every clutch.
2020-09-07 02:38
you forgot to mention the fat stacks of money
2020-09-07 02:53
and a 1000 fans sending death threats to 16-year old crisp clean shooters
2020-09-07 04:02
Gut says Devilwalk
2020-09-04 11:24
Can't wait to see which of the top 20-30 teams are a part of this. Is it possible that Astralis get called out for all those sneaky smoke kills from xyp9x and glaive ? :p Specially if the got it in specific spots multiple times on the same map :D Fnatc ? They did something similar with the olofboost where I believe they asked one of the redditors to not disclose that since it was a strategy they planned to use. Just guesses of course. Peace.
2020-09-04 11:28
Isn't this bug online only?
2020-09-04 11:32
How could the lord of the rings win a major men?
2020-09-04 11:39
No of course...didn't mean to imply that Astralis' major victories are tainted since those were all lan...Just saying it's possible that this could have happened in the online matches they played. Same for Fnatic.
2020-09-04 11:39
#71
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Finland JooonsMO
Atralis played only 6 online match ups between 15.11.2018-15.3.2020
2020-09-04 12:07
#73
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Russia xtkjdtr001
I think if they were able to destroy everyone at lan they wouldn't do shit like this online (dont look at my flair)
2020-09-04 12:08
#95
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Slovakia Daev0n
I looked I hope it doesn't have any side effecMIBR NEVER HAD AN ERA ASTRALIS BESTEST IN THE WORLD. ASTRALIS TOP 1 TEAM. GLA1VE IS BACK BABY NOW I CAN FINALLY WATCH CS:GO AGAIN.
2020-09-04 12:59
wtf)))
2020-09-04 16:31
Lul
2020-09-04 20:11
Fk th wut?
2020-09-06 08:37
#62
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Ukraine ksay
i don't think any of those used bug during lan matches there are admins and your comms are being listened to also early coaches didn't even have their own PC during matches
2020-09-04 12:02
#146
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Bulgaria MuggzZ
+1
2020-09-06 13:10
Neil_M
2020-09-04 12:00
i predict zews
2020-09-04 12:11
peacemaker
2020-09-04 12:19
to be honest he might be put under investigation, but i don't watch mad lions so i don't know if he is suspect or not. What about Tow b? He seems suspect
2020-09-04 17:24
im 100% sure that zews is honest
2020-09-04 17:52
You cant be 100 Percent sure, just for me he seems really suspect
2020-09-05 04:50
yankee?
2020-09-05 21:53
youtu.be/6yOD0kcsUa0?t=83 WHAT IS THIS THEN??? This is a glitch. Everyone uses it but its not illegal..
2020-09-08 10:12
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
Good job
2020-09-04 11:16
noice
2020-09-04 11:16
Good job!
2020-09-04 11:16
#5
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Poland subconsious
BIG SHIT!!
2020-09-04 11:17
#6
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr
get your popcorn guys! GL to the investigators and good to see they are now contracted.
2020-09-04 11:21
25k demos LoL
2020-09-04 11:18
25k hours*
2020-09-04 12:58
"The goal is to analyse approximately 25,000 demos from games played between 2016 and 2020"
2020-09-04 14:17
The tweet quite clearly says 25000 hours... trust that before you trust Prof's (wrong) interpretation...
2020-09-04 15:56
Check yourself before you wreck yourself
2020-09-04 16:12
hltv says demos, tweet says hours. Neither of you are wrong
2020-09-06 15:12
#8
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Denmark pdxm
They should be going through the demos after a game instead of waiting for a case then now go through more but good job regardless
2020-09-04 11:18
zonic sweating
2020-09-04 11:18
I got a boner
2020-09-04 11:23
#9
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Other Jmishenko
nice cheaters must be banned
2020-09-04 11:18
#10
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Israel KaL1L
Lul Lets go
2020-09-04 11:18
Even more bans to come probably
2020-09-04 11:18
Very nice!
2020-09-04 11:19
#16
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United States n0bodya
2020-09-04 11:20
who next?
2020-09-04 11:31
#37
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Finland jUPPE!
He contacted Valve right after the match and told them about it. Pita shouldn't get any punishment.
2020-09-04 11:35
oof, I think the other day he just tweeted about the bug, telling that he told to Valve about it and blablabla, but now he's admitting he used it LMAO everyone are gonna fall by the banhammer
2020-09-04 11:43
He shared a screenshot in his tweetlonger, he did really write about it to Valve in 2018, but Valve just ignored
2020-09-04 11:46
XD classic
2020-09-04 12:06
#17
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India AAgOnFire
nice
2020-09-04 11:20
#18
roeJ | 
Germany L1lK1M
Its still not understandable why this bug hasnt been fixed earlier... can anyone explain that?
2020-09-04 11:22
Valve
2020-09-04 11:22
#38
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Finland jUPPE!
Read pitas text from #16. He messaged Valve about this bug in 2018 and they did nothing.
2020-09-04 11:36
Nope, the crime here is abusing the bug which affects the results , you are not a saint if you come forward and confess, you still deserve punishment but maybe a lighter ban.
2020-09-05 08:24
And yet somehow Valve is not at the center of this investigation. It's disappointing.
2020-09-04 18:03
The whole community sweating ahhahaha
2020-09-04 11:22
Whole cs scene is about to lose entire coach staff
2020-09-04 11:24
wouldnt be surprised if 80% of the coaches get banned
2020-09-04 11:24
I sent email confessing i used no cheats while dropping 50kills on a turkish 5 man
2020-09-04 11:29
#28
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Switzerland x676
Say goodbye to 80% of CIS scene.
2020-09-04 11:30
trueee
2020-09-04 12:07
#30
REZ | 
Sweden Squtzy
oof. How long is this going to take? It's not a small amount of demos lol
2020-09-04 11:31
8 months They will update monthly
2020-09-05 19:00
#31
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Pakistan LoOuU2
All T2-T3 teams in serious trouble now. T1 were playing on LANs only all the time so their coaches never had a chance to abuse something like this ever, until 'rona happened.
2020-09-04 11:31
#33
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Finland jUPPE!
RIP zonic. Now we know why xyp and glaive were always able to kill through smokes,
2020-09-04 11:32
Dude they played on lan u moron
2020-09-04 11:40
dunno if baiting or just stupid
2020-09-04 12:02
finally some good news in 2020
2020-09-04 11:33
Lmao, Pita had been in contact with Valve about this shit, but lazy Volvo didn't do anything about it. They really are the laziest bunch of introvert nerds out there. Pathetic bunch. @Valve please sell the rights of CSGO to someone who actually gives a shit.
2020-09-04 11:33
+1
2020-09-04 11:45
+1 underrated comment
2020-09-04 13:32
Wish Valve would take cheating equally serious.
2020-09-04 11:34
Astralis is fucked lmao, this shit explain the unreal amount of smoke kills.
2020-09-04 11:38
you know back then they played on lan right?
2020-09-04 11:53
have you been living under a rock the last 3 years? The smoke radar bug has been fixed for ages and has nothing to do with this.
2020-09-04 12:03
Get baited mad kid
2020-09-04 12:20
well didnt know if baiting or just stupid, turns out it is both so nvm
2020-09-04 13:53
It's that meme where a kids screaming "I'm not r----- I'm just pretending to be r----- to bait idiots like you
2020-09-04 16:49
#44
RpK | 
France pol44r
i think xtqzzz and malek are safe. rest i dont really care
2020-09-04 11:41
Bl4d3 is safe from 2018-end of 2019, NAVI never played any online matches lol
2020-09-04 12:01
#65
RpK | 
France pol44r
shit.would have love to trigger navi fans.
2020-09-04 12:02
it’s a real shame i would’ve loved to laugh at them too
2020-09-04 12:43
Blade wasn't there coach in that time period....
2020-09-04 12:46
was he not?
2020-09-04 12:47
No, he joined NaVi as some kind of analyst while Kane was still with NaVi and took over when Kane left with Zeus.
2020-09-04 13:54
i did not know that
2020-09-04 15:37
The circle end here Now, lets the witch-hunt begins.
2020-09-04 11:42
Btw this is huge scandal. And part of it was valve fault for being ignorant about this issues. they certainly need to be open and make an official statement about this.
2020-09-04 11:48
Valve shouldn't ban anyone if they had prior knowledge of this bug existing.
2020-09-04 11:43
Tbh, there is some validity to this. If valve learned about it, and chose to leave it (ignore it more like), it could almost be considered a feature rather than a bug.
2020-09-04 16:02
If bug existed so many years why the fuck Valve didn't fix it?
2020-09-04 11:46
because valve is valve. They never fix shit until it hits the fan.
2020-09-04 12:04
I dont understand why they have a slot for a coach in servers as far as lan matches are there coaches are standing behind the players so why cant they do the same in online games. Why they are getting slots in server where they can only watch 1 player at a time?? Why just not stand behind the players and watch??
2020-09-04 11:46
#55
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Australia 420iquser
With travel restrictions, I think at least initially not all coaches were able to be there with their team.
2020-09-04 11:50
50 € for BIG abusing this shit every time
2020-09-04 11:48
#54
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United States v1ctuh
I hope the old fnatic squad and BIG get banned for exploiting bugs during tournaments
2020-09-04 11:50
this proves that competitive counter strike is a fucking joke and a huge mess
2020-09-04 11:55
#60
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Israel ALEXKEEM
Haven't taken the game seriously after i learned that players can just bring their own mice to lans. This is even funnier
2020-09-04 11:58
ofc they will bring their own mice with them.
2020-09-04 12:26
#98
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Israel ALEXKEEM
What do you mean "of course"?
2020-09-04 13:15
so they should use random mice? I have no clue what you are implying
2020-09-04 14:29
#109
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Israel ALEXKEEM
They should be given the same mouse but brand new by the event organizer. This is what they do in LoL. It is ridiculous that people can just bring whatever they want from home and plug it in.
2020-09-04 14:33
yeah that makes sense.
2020-09-04 14:34
#141
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Denmark Muamelele
all mice r checked tho?
2020-09-05 21:33
#143
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Israel ALEXKEEM
There is literally no way of checking the mice without opening them and i doubt they do that
2020-09-05 23:11
#154
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Denmark Muamelele
they take them for a reason so im sure they check them for software etc
2020-09-07 20:23
#157
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Israel ALEXKEEM
You really think they physically open the mice? Unless you can give proof I'll never believe that
2020-09-09 12:03
#162
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Denmark Muamelele
no but wat im sayin is i dont think they need to physically open the mice to check for cheats, of course i dont kno everything about cheats and how theyd be installed, but i highly doubt that they r physically installed
2020-09-14 00:10
#163
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Israel ALEXKEEM
So basically you have no idea what you're talking about but that's just what you want to believe?
2020-09-14 05:50
#165
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Denmark Muamelele
no i do have an idea of wat im talkin about, n im near enough 100% certain that cheats arent stored physically inside of a mouse and if thats wat u think then u r clueless lmao
2020-09-14 12:50
#166
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Israel ALEXKEEM
At first you said you don't know but now you do. Which one is it
2020-09-14 17:03
#167
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Denmark Muamelele
yes i dont kno for a fact 100%, but ur sayin i have no idea, but i do have an idea with pretty solid backing however this cannot be taken as fact and therefore i will not present it as such, does that not make sense or?
2020-09-17 00:10
#168
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Israel ALEXKEEM
I said you have no idea because you don't know that almost all sophisticated cheats in all games are external to bypass anti-cheats. There are literally gaming mice with out of the box internal storage so wtf are you even talking about? I'm assuming you just downloaded a public cheat off a forum and now you think everything works just like that. But by all means give me your sources, i'm sure you have solid evidence to back up your revolutionary claims :) Btw you're also implying that riot games spends time and money for no reason when not letting the players use their own gear XDDDD
2020-09-17 17:31
#169
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Denmark Muamelele
hltv.org/news/14440/anti-cheating-measur.. I don't know why u r talkin about riot games, clearly clueless :D
2020-09-18 00:56
#170
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Israel ALEXKEEM
I asked you to prove that cheats can't be stored physically inside a mouse and that link neither proves or disproves anything. You'd know why riot games is relevant if you read the comment YOU replied to. You're kinda grasping at straws here :D This is why you don't argue about shit you know nothing about
2020-09-18 02:02
#171
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Denmark Muamelele
it was 10 days ago u freak of course im gonna forget some stuff, and the burden of proof does not lie on me if u kno anythin about debates
2020-09-19 18:05
#172
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Israel ALEXKEEM
Don't come at me with that "i don't have to prove anything learn to debate xdddd" shit. You made a retarded comment and got called out for it, then you doubled down and tried to link some garbage that is vaguely related to the topic, then on top of that you flame ME for mentioning riot games before checking the conversation for context. Get the fuck off my face you retard
2020-09-19 18:29
#173
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Denmark Muamelele
what r u talkin about? its completely related to the topic, but i just wanna know why...
2020-09-19 23:08
#174
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Israel ALEXKEEM
It's vaguely related to what i asked you to prove. I hope you're trolling, nobody can be this illiterate
2020-09-19 23:25
#175
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Denmark Muamelele
no, why do you think i give a fuck?
2020-09-20 02:09
#176
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Israel ALEXKEEM
You should, since ur the one that started the argument. Autist
2020-09-20 13:23
#177
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Denmark Muamelele
hold tight
2020-09-21 01:09
#163
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Israel ALEXKEEM
So basically you have no idea what you're talking about but that's just what you want to believe?
2020-09-14 05:50
yes. this and besides matchfixing. if ESIC get their shit together for 1 years and dig into csgo. they will find the deep corruption of the game.
2020-09-04 13:14
the witch hunt is on
2020-09-04 11:55
Please twista be safe(((((
2020-09-04 11:57
#64
NEO | 
Poland ScR1337
It would be kinda funny if it turned out that like 90% of coaches did that XD
2020-09-04 12:02
they should all get perma bans, it's not much different from playing with a fucking wallhack. 6-12-24 months bans is a joke
2020-09-04 12:06
RIP Astralis and BUG
2020-09-04 12:15
POG you will see many teams used this )))
2020-09-04 12:23
volvo has to suffer thy were responsible and probably knew about it
2020-09-04 12:24
suffer how? its their game lmao
2020-09-04 12:35
wait is this poggers??? possibly dozens of coaches (and teams?) getting fined/banned????
2020-09-04 12:27
Big clan 100%
2020-09-04 12:37
That is very good! Gj
2020-09-04 12:28
everyones gonna be found cheating lmao
2020-09-04 12:29
See you in 6 month, gonna be a big fun drama time when they'll reveal who used this bug
2020-09-04 12:32
Good bye BUG clan. Too many times they had perfect reads, specially Online.
2020-09-04 12:36
they have big brain gob b dude
2020-09-04 13:55
? Michal already checked all the tier 1 demos from 2020 but nt
2020-09-04 14:42
Good job guys, Lets Make Cs Go Great Again
2020-09-04 12:39
Very excited to see what will come out of this.
2020-09-04 12:58
incoming 316 bans. also when you will all start investigate teams who matchfixed in daily basis. it's time to clean csgo from those dirty animals
2020-09-04 13:11
It can be fun if every top team used this bug.
2020-09-04 13:24
Good job ESIC. Show zero tolerance against these dirty cheaters. How fucking dare they try to disrespect our beautiful game Counter Strike.
2020-09-04 13:26
fan of an ex-cheater wants a zero tolerance policy against cheaters lul
2020-09-04 13:55
FeelsHyperMan PogU
2020-09-04 13:30
bois calm down. astralis is not involved in this. gla1ve has far better cheats than a stupid spec bug for coaches you cant use on lan
2020-09-04 14:51
#113
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United Kingdom rationale
> it is important to work towards reform and rehabilitation of offending parties into individuals who value competitive integrity and can recommence serving the CS:GO community And players will keep on being banned indefinitely even when they cheated once when they were teenagers. Year, right. Integrity. I mean double standards all the time. It all fooking reeks of preferential treatment as if grown-up coaches who *earn lots of money* (and who are supposed to be honest) are somehow above very young players who are yet to fully develop conscience and who are playing for *fun*. Fook you ESIC and fook you Volvo.
2020-09-04 15:10
+1 Everybody is equal, but some are more equal than others.
2020-09-04 17:17
Great. Cheaters needs to be punished.
2020-09-04 16:35
I find it very upsetting how this is being approached from the perspective that the problem is with the coaches and not with Valve for leaving in what by now is being confirmed to be a bug that had been in the code for multiple years. They have responsibility in the matter and need to come forward.
2020-09-04 17:08
#129
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Venezuela xoile
astralis is involved in this to im 100% sure
2020-09-04 18:52
First team to perfectly use utilities and constant kills through smokes..
2020-09-06 18:51
you hope they are, because you can find no other excuse for them rolling over everybody for 2 years. Slap yourself when the investigation is over and nothing about Zonic have been mentioned.
2020-09-08 16:03
#130
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CIS Cutiepie
I didn't quite understand, what would cheating teams get for confessing?
2020-09-04 19:18
they will probably get banned for a shorter time.
2020-09-05 19:00
#131
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Hungary subzera
5 terabytes, holy hell
2020-09-04 19:38
The lie of NA and the EU is over, the era of South America is coming, Brazil is out, hello Chile, Uruguay and Argentina
2020-09-04 22:49
Cool
2020-09-05 03:12
#144
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Czech Republic Fugabarba
Mafia malding
2020-09-05 23:15
hi zonic !!! or maybe astralis mafia do declassified files
2020-09-06 23:37
25,000 you know
2020-09-09 12:12
imagine ban football coach for say a player info in every game.... no logic this bans when is valve problem not coach problem
2020-09-09 17:28
#160
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Finland Goble81
Imagine to ban a football coach who finds out that when he or she goes to a certain toilet to do the thing (s)he can hear everything other team is talking in their locker room and not telling about it to organizers. Why ban such a fair and honest coach who just used the building utilities in a fair way to get an advantage not meant to be part of the ethics of the game?
2020-09-09 17:58
ethic no win matches.
2020-09-10 21:32
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