Michal Slowinski: "This instance of the bug has been fixed; unfortunately, I think there might be more"

On the latest episode of the HLTV Confirmed show, the freelance tournament referee revealed that two different instances of the coaching bug could still be in the game.

Michal Slowinski, the freelance referee who played a key part in uncovering the coaching bug abuse scandal alongside Steve Dudenhoeffer, joined the 'HLTV Confirmed' show on Monday to talk about his discovery of the bug and his experiences as a tournament admin.

During the conversation, Slowinski confirmed that the bug, which has already resulted in bans for Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen, Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev and Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia, has since been patched, but revealed that two variations might still be in the game.

Michal Slowinski has encountered two more spectator bugs during his research (Photo by João Ferreira)

"This instance of the bug has been fixed", Slowinski said while talking about the initially discovered glitch. "Unfortunately, I think there might be more. I think there might be two more different instances that we are looking into right now. It's actually even more of an advantage so let's hope it's not too bad.

"It offers similar possibilities but has different activations, obviously. I think it is more random. Unfortunately, we have not found a way to reproduce it yet, but we did find some weird, suspicious demos, where people got a third-person view of a player, so you can rotate around a player for example and that is obviously quite an advantage.

While the existence of more bugs is worrying, Slowinski assured that the process of checking for the potential abuse of these other glitches is the same as the one he is currently following for the initial bug. However, he added that the abundance of false positives makes for a time-consuming process.

"There have been some scripts made, some demo parsers that give you ticks or round times where a coach isn't spectating a player, and then you can do the visual check and check everything you need to potentially ban a player.

"You have to remember a coach could not be spectating a player because, for example, there is nobody alive, and the camera then switches to the bomb that is being defused. Timeouts, technical issues, backups, all of that causes a lot of false negatives you have to go through."

The coaching bug abuse is currently under investigation by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), which have hired Slowinski and Dudenhoeffer to check for historical instances of its usage dating back to 2016. The organization has also opened a "confession period" that lasts until September 13 at 23:00 .

To hear more about the coaching bug abuse, the life of a tournament admin, and about our other guest, Wiktor "⁠TaZ⁠" Wojtas, check out the show on Twitch, in VOD form or during the rerun at 20:00 . HLTV Confirmed is also available on Youtube and podcast apps one day after the show airs.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
35
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1924
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
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Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.63
Russia Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
102
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.73
#1
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Poland Szcz
rekt them Michał
2020-09-07 19:29
5 replies
#22
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Cambodia retard2k
Is the coaching bug cs:go’s version of covid?
2020-09-07 20:10
4 replies
Coronavirus = anagram of ”is our vac, Ron”
2020-09-07 23:12
3 replies
#33
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Brazil |witcher|
Who tf is Ron
2020-09-08 01:12
2 replies
Lukas Bohm Ronsenbauer
2020-09-08 02:45
#39
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Spain N0Love
Christine Potter's sidekick
2020-09-08 09:08
nice
2020-09-07 19:29
zonic plz dont
2020-09-07 19:29
12 replies
I would disappointed if he did it.
2020-09-07 19:54
i'm pretty shure he didn't, no worries
2020-09-07 20:28
8 replies
didn't astralis use the smoke bug?
2020-09-07 20:33
7 replies
every one start to use it, when that's was discover. anyway, smoke bug & coach bug - its not the same
2020-09-07 22:07
2 replies
How come it isn't the same?
2020-09-07 23:03
1 reply
how come? man in coach bug you can see everything, where enemy team goes, their economy, their buys. Its literally a cheat inside of cs go. So its not the same, yes you could see through smoke but you couldnt see where exactly is enemy player standing on the map, what gun he has and how much money he has.
2020-09-08 09:28
#34
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Denmark dyinbyran
Proof Yes flag flair, but please provide source & proof
2020-09-08 01:17
3 replies
So if they could prove it, they should ban Astralis? I think the coaching bug is just like the smoke bug and the jumping bug.
2020-09-08 03:41
2 replies
no its not
2020-09-08 13:44
1 reply
Same thing! Just different kind of cheat. And no, the coach bug hasnt all this info (weapon, economy, buy, etc...), they can only spot enemies position if the enemies are nearby the coach. What is happening here is that people are chosing who to point fingers to and protecting those they like.
2020-09-08 17:20
It would be rather unlikely. It's not like Astralis has played a lot of online games these last few years.
2020-09-07 23:33
Not possible. We can watch zonic in most of astralis lan games very closely. It is not like astralis didnt deserve every achievment they conquered. That would be very silly of him, AND unecessesary imo
2020-09-09 05:05
Nice
2020-09-07 19:29
GOD Michau
2020-09-07 19:29
Nice
2020-09-07 19:29
EZ4NAVI
2020-09-07 19:29
god michal
2020-09-07 19:29
#9
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Austria epiXYZ
ok
2020-09-07 19:29
good job
2020-09-07 19:30
Michal my man Catch em all
2020-09-07 19:33
#12
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Brazil lortBR
good job man
2020-09-07 19:35
thangs
2020-09-07 19:36
Inb4 - every coach used the bug
2020-09-07 19:37
1 reply
+1
2020-09-07 19:45
no wonder mibr won today
2020-09-07 19:50
Polek whant to get trow hes head in one off tournaments.
2020-09-07 19:52
Expected
2020-09-07 19:55
#20
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United States Gonginator
I guess this means most coaches will get a ban lol.
2020-09-07 20:04
Soonyou cant distingguish the differnece between danish fans and brazilian fans
2020-09-07 20:05
#23
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Poland SebL
Haly shit, can't valve finally make something properly? Jesus Christ, this game is 8 years old, and it's still has so much bugs in it. How is that even possible?
2020-09-07 20:20
6 replies
Its not good business to fix f2p games :()
2020-09-07 20:42
5 replies
#44
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
That you make millions of dollars monthly? It's worth it.
2020-09-08 16:21
4 replies
if its already making millions its working correctly for valve, why bother :()?
2020-09-08 16:47
3 replies
#46
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Because it can always stop working and stop giving those millions.
2020-09-08 17:15
2 replies
no :()
2020-09-08 17:21
1 reply
#50
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
It can. If you think that valve making nothing will still earn dollars from this game you are funny.
2020-09-08 19:25
Yeah sure "there might be more", "unfortunately, we have not found a way to reproduce it yet". Now that he's hired for playing this knight role and everybody is throwing money, why not keep it rolling a little more right? No more coach bugs = no money. He's not a good guy trying to save the community from evil coachs, he just saw an opportunity to become relevant and get a few jobs again
2020-09-07 22:36
3 replies
and? who cares about his motivation? banning the cheaters is what matters
2020-09-08 13:45
I think the same. He doesn’t really care about getting every cheater.
2020-09-08 17:26
#52
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Denmark Bagjo
... only in the USA...... oh! and Brazil.. Todays service reminder goes to Brazil... Dont forget Germany beat you 7-1 in 2014... lol Kiss n hugz
2020-09-09 06:31
#29
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Germany BIG2020
Michal did an incredible job. Keep it up mens)
2020-09-07 23:01
well done michal
2020-09-08 04:38
There might be more means " heroic at cologne "
2020-09-08 05:36
1 reply
still mad xD
2020-09-08 13:46
Lol this was 1/10 of the work I did as admin of half-life deathmatch tournament and community worker. For free. 10 years later now its a paid job : D
2020-09-09 10:48
idiot rahter investigate 322 cs than ban good coaches due to ur mistakes. hltv.org/matches/2343901/skade-vs-sgpro-..
2020-09-09 12:11
wp ginger xd
2020-09-09 12:11
Great, now we have coaches watching players in third person so they can watch their back. What's clear is that YNK didn't use this with Coldzera.
2020-09-09 12:16
ban valve
2020-09-09 16:22
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