ESIC to release more findings from spectator bug investigation “in the next few weeks”

The esports watchdog group was supposed to publish the final document before the end of October.

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has said that it will take some time before the final batch of findings from the wide-ranging investigation into the use of the spectator bug in competitive Counter-Strike can be released. Contacted by HLTV.org, the esports watchdog group explained that “unforeseen complexities” that arose during the second portion of the inquiry made it impossible to complete the report before the end of October as it had initially planned.

“ESIC is currently finalising part two of the spectator bug investigation and is aiming to publish its results in the next few weeks,” the organisation said. “ESIC appreciates the CSGO community’s patience while we complete the necessary work in a prudent and comprehensive manner.”

ESIC formally launched a historical investigation into the exploitation of the bug on September 4, several days after the scandal had been brought to light. The spectator bug, which had existed in the game since at least 2015, allowed coaches to be locked in a position on a map and to observe opponents’ movements in real-time without being detected.

Later that month, ESIC announced that it had handed out bans ranging from 3.75 to 36 months to 37 coaches for using the bug in a competitive environment. The list, which included high-profile names like Slaava "⁠Twista⁠" Räsänen, Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira, Robert "⁠RobbaN⁠" Dahlström, Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen and Allan "⁠Rejin⁠" Petersen, was merely provisional, but ESIC was confident that the demos that it had analysed up until that point — 20% of the 99,650 that it had available for review — "likely comprised the most substantial cases of abuse".

Some of the offending coaches have been relieved of their duties and will take a hiatus while the suspension is in force or walk away from the scene altogether. But for others, very little has changed: there are cases of banned coaches who have either remained in their jobs — only stepping aside when official matches are played in order to comply with ESIC's ruling — or have transitioned to a less prominent analyst role.

This has sparked outrage in some quarters in the community, but ESIC believes that this is now “more appropriately a matter for public scrutiny”, adding: “ESIC has issued bans in a proportional extent to the misconduct it has observed throughout its investigations. ESIC does not seek to interfere with organisational conduct outside of the bans that it has issued.”

The sanctions that were handed down by ESIC are in effect across the organisation’s members, which include ESL, DreamHack and BLAST. The esports watchdog group hopes that other tournament organisers will honour the bans for the sake of competitive integrity, but the lack of a unified regulatory voice in the Counter-Strike scene has created hurdles — and some teams have sought to exploit the situation. Only last month, Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk was spotted coaching Hard Legion in the first open qualifier for Flashpoint 2 — a tournament hosted by a non-ESIC member — despite serving a 10-month ban issued by ESIC.

Flashpoint commissioner Christopher "⁠MonteCristo⁠" Mykles explained to HLTV.org that starix slipped through the cracks due to the lack of an automated system to detect banned coaches, but noted that the issue was resolved for the second open qualifier, in which the Ukrainian was removed from the team by FACEIT’s admins. He underlined that coaches who have been banned by ESIC will not be allowed to participate in Flashpoint 2 “in any role”, adding that Hard Legion “will likely” face additional penalties as a result of their actions.

starix was caught coaching Hard Legion while the ban was in force

“The reality is that, without a unified approach against cheating, match-fixing and other unwelcomed behaviour, esports remains susceptible to bad actors who seek to undermine the integrity of our industry,” ESIC said when questioned about Flashpoint’s stance. “It is therefore counterintuitive to the success of the industry to have a fragmented approach to competitive integrity. ESIC encourages and commends any non-member who honours our sanctions. We further encourage these non-members to consider entering a more detailed dialogue with ESIC regarding the unification of integrity efforts in esports.”

APPEALS WON’T UNDERMINE INVESTIGATION

ESIC’s procedures have been under scrutiny following Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov’s successful appeal against his 7.5-month ban for four cases of bug use. The Ukrainian, who, like other banned coaches, complained about not being heard by ESIC before the initial findings were released, was able to prove his innocence after providing substantial evidence, including video footage.

When asked about the criticism aimed at its inquiry, ESIC played down the fact that one ban has already been overturned, saying that its review of lmbt’s case simply proves that the investigation is open and transparent.

“In our view, the availability of an appeals mechanism is not at all related to the seriousness of any particular investigation,” the commission said. “ESIC has no desire to be an autocratic dictator of the fate of esports participants. Therefore, the independent appeals process is vital to the overall purpose of ESIC. In providing an avenue for individuals to contest sanctions and prove innocence, ESIC is ensuring that due process is granted to any individual that ESIC has made a finding against.”

United States Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles
Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
Brazil Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueira
Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueira
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
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
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Finland Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen
Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
380
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Allan 'Rejin' Petersen
Allan 'Rejin' Petersen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
39
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.78
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Nice
2020-11-09 13:00
14 replies
rip t4 scene
2020-11-09 13:01
5 replies
nobody cares just find the matchfixers already (not some australian tier 69 but NA and EU too plz)
2020-11-09 13:54
4 replies
Yeah I mean the only Australian teams that actually have coaches is Renegades and Order, other then that nobody really cares
2020-11-09 15:44
3 replies
2020-11-09 16:38
2 replies
Oh yep, Sorry, my mistake
2020-11-10 05:38
1 reply
dw broski<3
2020-11-10 15:14
Starix questioned flusha saying he cheated and just got banned right after it lol, and hes still coaching his team on Faceit... AND hardlegion is supporting him like it means something great WTF is happening with this org
2020-11-09 13:59
6 replies
Teams should keep these bug exploiters away if they want to maintain a good image
2020-11-09 14:03
2 replies
#74
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Poland RoDaK
indeed but they probably need that coach boost to strats and mentality
2020-11-09 16:36
Nobody cars meh, that's they don't have such need.
2020-11-09 17:09
Starix showed demos of some moments when he and other players thought that flusha cheated. Or flusha is the most luckiest player in the world or he had cheats. If he had cheats it means he is not banned only because valve need to say that - our super champion is cheater and we protect him from ban. Meanwhile he began to play much worth and do not show so inhuman reaction and luck when faceit made their anticheat.
2020-11-09 20:32
2 replies
This isn't the point, I'm talking about starix hypocrisy.
2020-11-09 20:59
1 reply
Do you think that person ho played against flusha many times can mistake? ange1 and Adren also in interview told that flusha cheater - may be an year ago
2020-11-11 15:45
+1
2020-11-09 15:30
Sick
2020-11-09 13:00
#3
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France pol44r
scary
2020-11-09 13:01
#4
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Kazakhstan xep1x
ok
2020-11-09 13:01
hahaha
2020-11-09 13:01
#6
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France KryZoreus
second
2020-11-09 13:01
3 replies
#12
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
lol no, sixth
2020-11-09 13:05
2 replies
#15
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France KryZoreus
sad news
2020-11-09 13:06
1 reply
#21
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Spain daniel03s
F
2020-11-09 13:27
#7
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Serbia LtN))
ok
2020-11-09 13:01
#9
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Estonia qoznyyy
when are they gonna expose bulgarian match fixing?
2020-11-09 13:02
2 replies
#73
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Bulgaria goshyy
How much did you lose?
2020-11-09 16:28
#86
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Germany Jermen
once Bulgarian scene becomes relevant
2020-11-10 04:40
Hell yeh esic
2020-11-09 13:02
idgaf about ur coaching bug. It's a dead thing. Solved, not happening. Ban people for matchfixing
2020-11-09 13:04
rip BUG jermans gonna get banned
2020-11-09 13:05
who cars anymore. banned caoches will just take some other spot in the org anyways
2020-11-09 13:06
#16
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Albania jamefun1
idiots, find this 322 scumteam who played only lootbet\nine to five\other shitty throw tournaments and ban them
2020-11-09 13:08
6 replies
Yup.
2020-11-09 13:57
#40
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Brazil EGMonster
Just delete csgo its getting worse
2020-11-09 13:59
322??
2020-11-09 14:47
3 replies
youtube pls
2020-11-09 15:29
2 replies
idk man,but what 322 mean??
2020-11-10 08:21
1 reply
u baiting
2020-11-10 08:55
cant wait for this also still waiting for full list of match fixers
2020-11-09 13:15
Australian MDL will be finished by ESIC.
2020-11-09 13:19
1 reply
#51
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Canada firtlast
not if it hits the final nail in the coffin of na cs first
2020-11-09 14:36
Good
2020-11-09 13:28
#23
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Switzerland Kiroh
oh boy
2020-11-09 13:28
the second strike, nice
2020-11-09 13:29
There's a typo in the 8th paragraph: "due to the lack of an automated system to detected banned coaches"
2020-11-09 13:30
1 reply
Thanks, fixed!
2020-11-09 13:31
ok
2020-11-09 13:33
#31
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Spain MCMXCVI
dog starix should be banned for life
2020-11-09 13:39
1 reply
#38
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Brazil EGMonster
Wrong they should bann all and delete csgo hahah
2020-11-09 13:58
LMAO starix...
2020-11-09 13:40
6 replies
Valve should fix its game/bugs. lel
2020-11-09 15:29
5 replies
ofc that they should but thats not an excuse for starix tho
2020-11-09 15:31
4 replies
Dude, why when once a bug/exploit like this is detected. Why doesnt valve fix the issue, so there isn't even a possibility to do it.. not just say - ok, guys, dont do it anymore. PATCH THE ISSUE! Even indy developers care more about these things
2020-11-09 15:32
3 replies
im not saying that you are wrong but still...avoiding ban is horrible and unprofessional behaviour
2020-11-09 15:33
2 replies
Could be worse. Could be matchfixing- hltv.org/matches/2344411/natus-vincere-v.. hltv.org/matches/2345006/x6tence-vs-forz.. Beat navi 2;0. lost 16;1 to a coach tier 3 team Valve should fix their bugs. Im sure if they cared, it would be fixed in 1day. They dont care. Cause they are cunts.
2020-11-09 15:36
1 reply
i never said that its the worst thing that you can do. match fixing or cheating with 3rd party program for example are way worse but it still isnt an exucse for what starix and hard legion as a team did:DD
2020-11-09 15:38
#33
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Europe PiapA
kkkkkkkkkk
2020-11-09 13:45
I literally forgot about this until now. And the original dump didnt even go over 30% of the findings.
2020-11-09 13:57
Hopefully there is actual evidence for these bans if they are coming out this late
2020-11-09 13:58
#39
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Brazil EGMonster
Delete csgo pleasee
2020-11-09 13:58
What about the MDL na matchfixing thing?
2020-11-09 14:15
monkaW
2020-11-09 14:17
#45
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Europe k1otaN
better show us CIS matchfixers
2020-11-09 14:21
then why was lmbt banned? Innocent until proven should always be first priority isn't it? Since it affect their credibility.
2020-11-09 14:24
1 reply
Because ESIC is a bunch of clowns who can't do their job properly, they just seek attention.
2020-11-10 04:37
ynk cheater back in 2016????
2020-11-09 14:25
#48
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Poland PSZ
who cares?
2020-11-09 14:26
1 reply
#52
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Denmark z1kkxd
cars* mens)))
2020-11-09 14:41
Even more!? Holy shit
2020-11-09 14:31
No more hype, takes too long, yawn
2020-11-09 14:43
"Only last month, Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk was spotted coaching Hard Legion in the first open qualifier for Flashpoint 2 — a tournament hosted by a non-ESIC member — despite serving a 10-month ban issued by ESIC." That just goes to show how Hard Legion and their players don't give a fuck about the ban. The whole team and the org should get banned for at least 12 months now imo. Disgusting behaviour.
2020-11-09 14:43
2 replies
I dont care
2020-11-09 15:09
True
2020-11-09 17:10
#56
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Sweden plikz
no one cares
2020-11-09 14:57
Starix used this after he was banned? So you want to tell me that valve didnt patch/fix this bug? What a dogshit coorporation. Hire a programmer pls
2020-11-09 15:12
3 replies
No, he was coaching after ban
2020-11-09 16:04
#72
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Brazil hugoooo
Nice reading
2020-11-09 16:25
1 reply
boring post so yeah. tldr tbh.
2020-11-09 17:03
"When asked about the criticism aimed at its inquiry, ESIC played down the fact that one ban has already been overturned, saying that its review of lmbt’s case simply proves that the investigation is open and transparent." Laughable. The ESIC's approach of "guilty until proven innocent" is such a stupid way to do things since, as proven by lmbt, there are cases where people can actually be innocent. It seems to me that the ESIC doesn't really care about the possibility of such cases and would rather just consider the impact on a coach's reputation as an afterthought. Here's an idea; instead of just sentencing coaches without letting them defend themselves, why don't you talk to them and then make a judgement call afterwards? If there's a sufficient evidence that suggests that they were not abusing the bug, then you can avoid diminishing the reputation of innocent coaches entirely.
2020-11-09 15:18
4 replies
ESIC is like police. Aka scum. Aka should actually focus on big things like matchfixing, which very much is real in low tier tournaments and not this Valve financed coach witch hunt. Valve only cares if something is public and damages their brand.
2020-11-09 15:31
#82
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Brazil drydden
Thing is they banned all those coaches to set an example, that they have the power to do so. And while there are coaches that didn't use the bug, they don't have evidence to go against ESIC, see Apoka, how the hell would he have a VOD of 4 years ago, he wasn't even in his pc when it happened
2020-11-09 23:01
1 reply
Then the current system is stupid. A ban in esports can be potentially career-ending, and at the minimum damaging. If ESIC doesn’t want to be an “autocratic dictator” (their own words) then they need a different approach instead of banning coaches willy-nilly “because they can”. It’s not “guilty until proven innocent”, it’s “innocent until proven guilty”. It’s not as black and white as you make it seem. Coaches are already being given minor sentences because they encountered the bug and allegedly didn’t exploit it but they still didn’t report it to the TO. Each accused coach needs a thorough investigation on an individual level. If they can prove that they were not exploiting it to a certain extent then they can cop lesser punishments. There’s a very big difference between “actively using the bug to gain an advantage against the enemy team” and “encountering the bug but failing to report it to the TO”.
2020-11-10 09:54
+1 ESIC should learn some common sense.
2020-11-10 04:40
very nice!
2020-11-09 15:58
soon all orgs starts not lisen this ESIC say fuck off and will be the end
2020-11-09 17:23
Cya Zonic
2020-11-10 00:18
esic should investigate the game earlier lilmix vs nexus mfs three 15-4 and lose ot easy food money for nexus yall mfs need to get banned and gtfoh
2020-11-10 17:32
1 reply
How much?
2020-11-18 07:44
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