dead denies wrongdoing in spectator bug cases: "I've never done anything to compromise the integrity of the game"
The Brazilian coach claims that he did not provide any information to his players and accepts the six-month ban that was imposed on him.
Former MIBR coach Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia has denied using the spectator bug for competitive advantage during his time with the Brazilian team. In a Twitlonger post, he claimed that "no information was passed" to his players during the rounds in which he used the bug and, as such, his team "did not gain any advantage".
dead has been banned for six months by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) for using the bug in one round during ESL One: Road to Rio - North America. He is also serving a separate two-event ban handed by Beyond the Summit for the same offense in another tournament, cs_summit 6.
"After talking to ESIC about appealing, they shared their point of view, and their view was pretty clear: 'If you had the chance to disconnect and you didn't, you put yourself in a position that goes against the integrity of the game'," dead wrote. "I think that they're doing the right thing in that line of thought and I accept the six-month ban. I agree with them, I had the chance to disconnect and I didn't, as I had done in some cases.
"I would once again like to apologise for the disappointment and to say 'thanks' for the messages, from people who don't know me and from people who know me and that know that during this journey I've never done anything to compromise the integrity of the game. Unfortunately, it will always be my word against everyone's judgement, but at the end of the day, my conscience is clear and I can sleep in peace knowing that I never did anything to hurt my teammates, my organisation and much less the game that we love."
dead's use of the spectator bug, which allows a coach to view any part of a map, in ESL One: Road to Rio and cs_summit 6 resulted in MIBR being stripped of all of their Regional Major Ranking (RMR) points.
On September 13, MIBR parted ways with dead and with two players, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo. The decision was criticised by Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, with the 29-year-old AWPer going as far as requesting to be moved to the bench.
ESIC announced on Thursday that it will publish its "first set of substantial findings" related to the spectator bug on Monday, September 28, at 10:00 . The announcement is part of the investigation into the historical abuse of the bug that was launched by the esports watchdog, which hired Michal Slowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer — who uncovered the scandal — to examine approximately 25,000 demos going back to 2016.