pita admits to using spectator bug in 2018 ESL Pro League match
The Swedish coach has come forward and publicly acknowledged his use of the bug in an online match against mousesports.
Former NiP coach Faruk "pita" Pita released a statement on Friday revealing that he used the coaching bug during the team's last ESL Pro League Season 8 match against mousesports, back in November 2018. At that point, the Ninjas were already set for a relegation battle — before the Pro League was expanded to 16 teams —, while their opponents were fighting for seeding at the LAN finals.
pita, who was replaced by Björn "THREAT" Pers as NiP's coach in January 2020, claims he didn't know how the bug was triggered and that he only used it for five or six rounds. Feeling remorseful for his actions, he then tried to contact Valve to report the bug through Twitter's Direct Messages, a channel he had previously used to contact the game developer regarding similar problems.
When pita finally figured out how the exploit worked and how he could trigger it, four months after his initial report, he once again reached out to the CS:GO development team but received no response.
"I accept any punishment handed out to me," pita wrote in a statement, "I realize this will harm my reputation as a coach but I can’t undo things even though I would like to. I just have to accept this and admit my guilt. I’m sorry to everyone that I know and who knows me. I understand that you might look at me differently after this but I hope you can forgive me one day. The bug got the better of me, I acted irrational and I fucked up. I never used that bug afterwards.
"The only thing I did afterwards when it happened again was to press the keys 1-10 and the bug would stop. If there’s any admin who wants to confirm that from my POVs in online games I’d be happy to assist with my demos."
The Esports Integrity Coalition announced on Friday that it had opened an investigation into the coaching bug matter, with a confession period that will run through September 13. Admissions of guilt can be sent directly to the commissioner by email at email@example.com, and concessions may be made by the ESIC at their discretion based on the quality of the confessions.