pita's ESIC ban reduced to 5.5 months

The Bosnian was successful in his appeal and may return to coaching in just two months.

Former NiP coach Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita has revealed that the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has reduced his 10-month ban for using the spectator bug by 45 per cent.

The 30-year-old coach, who was banned in September for using the bug in two ESL Pro League Season 8 Europe matches in 2018, against Astralis and mousesports, said that the decision was reached after an appeal hearing on December 28. His confession was accepted in full and his attempts to report the bug to Valve through Twitter's Direct Messages were perceived as him having shown assistance in the investigation.

pita has seen his ban reduced by ESIC

"The commissioner said during the hearing that he had sympathy with me because the bug 'had come' to me, and that he believed I acted correctly when I decided to stop it and report it to the developers," pita wrote in a Twitlonger post.

"The reason why I wanted to share this is because, even though I did something terribly wrong, it feels 'better' knowing I did at least do something right in all of this. I guess."

pita, who has not coached a team since leaving NiP in January 2020, said that he wishes to continue his career once his ban expires on March 13. Until then, he will not accept any offer as he wishes to respect ESIC's suspension.

"I would like to say that I hope by the middle of March the community can accept me again," he said. "If some of you don’t, I totally understand and respect it.

"I do hope I can come back and coach again. That’s what I love. Trying to help people become better at what they love. I have learned a lot these last seven years as a coach (mostly) and wish to continue learning. I do not want to go to any other game. CS has been my passion since 2001 and it still is."

pita is the second coach to be successful in an appeal to ESIC since the esports watchdog group released the first set of substantial findings from its investigation into the historical use of the spectator bug, banning 37 people for up to 36 months. In October, Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov saw his 7.5-month ban lifted by ESIC after he provided evidence in his defence.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
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Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
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Good news.
2021-01-16 00:29
Pakistan LoOuU2
Good for him , unlike others at least he tried contacting Valve on this though his method of doing that was kinda weird. Wish him luck and hope he finds a team to coach soon!
2021-01-16 00:31
6 replies
At long last a good vibe comment in the pits of HLTV, thanks.
2021-01-16 03:23
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Sweden slyde123
I like seeing comments like this- :) keep it up man ^.^
2021-01-16 12:17
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2021-01-16 15:55
How did he reply?
2021-01-19 11:12
2021-01-16 00:32
ok dude
2021-01-16 00:33
great job pita, maybe stop being so shady though ;)
2021-01-16 00:33
everyone can do a mistake, but everyone should answer for their mistakes.
2021-01-16 00:34
Denmark Notallama
So was it proven that he had contacted Valve, or are they just giving in to his wild stories?
2021-01-16 00:36
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Netherlands WitnessMe
Rumor has it he drew up something in MS Paint and presented it as evidence...
2021-01-16 00:53
2 replies
So was it proven or are you just giving in to wild stories?
2021-01-16 03:35
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Netherlands WitnessMe
The proof he provided is right in the article, I imagine that ESIC verified it before reducing his ban.
2021-01-16 03:43
He posted a screenshot of his DM to Valve on Twitter regarding the bug with dates IIRC.
2021-01-17 10:46
Plz perma these cheaters
2021-01-16 00:36
Good news! Happy for pita, he tried to contact Valve and reported this bug!
2021-01-16 00:37
World Beard43
Fair enough. I'm not sure holding onto 'having done something right' is the right thing for him to take away from this experience but whatever floats your boat I guess.
2021-01-16 00:40
Russia ToughGuy
Not sure someone wants him anyway
2021-01-16 00:42
VSM and Jamppi life ban for cheating in MM when they were kids professional coaches banned for months for cheating in professional matches Life is amazing, is not it ? hahaha
2021-01-16 00:44
7 replies
100% different. if you have a vac ban doesnt matter where or when, you are banned for life, this is valves politics since day 1, everyone knows that, this coach shit is a whole other deal.
2021-01-16 01:03
6 replies
So you think that downloading a software as a kid is worse than cheating in a competitive environment to make money (and potentially steal it from others)?
2021-01-16 01:10
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I never said that, I'm saying this is the way valve does things and everybody knows it, so its not comparable to the coach deal, because of circunstances etc. of course for me and for 99% of people vsm, swag etc should be unbanned, but csgo is valves game, and they do whatever da fuck they want with their game, just putting facts on the first reply, not personal opinion, learn how to read.
2021-01-16 01:11
3 replies
Then why are you trying to argue with faalkaaz? All he said was that the way there rulings are made isn't fair. I can read very well, and i can also comprehend what i'm reading (unlike some others)
2021-01-16 01:14
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"So you think that downloading a software as a kid is worse than cheating in a competitive environment to make money (and potentially steal it from others)?" I never said/implyed this, sorry but read my first reply again and again, dont rush, take your time.
2021-01-16 01:16
1 reply
ENCE_WILL_RETURN is right. You are just saying that's valve's rules but he is saying that's not fair and he is right. Fck valve and their non-sense rules
2021-01-16 01:20
Different yes but punishment should be the same. But that is just an opinion you can have. Valve atm did nothing in the coach bug abuse... They should at least life time ban coaches that use it at valve events. Like twista or death.
2021-01-16 10:07
Sweden HaasF1Team
Nice dude
2021-01-16 00:45
FaZe pita confirmed.
2021-01-16 00:46
He literally twitted about this bug in 2018. The shame we're putting on Coachs should be put on VALVE. It's like if they included a bug where you have a wallhack available to players. Who are we to stay fair-play when there are hundreds of thousands of cash prize, invites to tournaments, sponsors, etc in play. We're humans. Though they cheated, the main culprit is still VALVE. They didn't fix that bug FOR 2 YEARS!
2021-01-16 03:16
8 replies
Oh shit here we go again. Blame valve instead of the guys that took advantage with the knowledge it is literally an wall hack.
2021-01-16 10:09
2 replies
A bug that hasn't been fixed since 2018 could give unfair advantages to anyone using it. That's it. The fact that you don't even understand that Valve is in the wrong just shows how little you understand about competitions. This would never happen on Valorant period. coaches using a bug in 2020, 2 years after its report to Valve via a coach of a tier 1-2 team. What a joke of an org. They're only copying valorant for shitty updates, not from what matters. 15 millions in prizepool in 2020 for CSGO and NOT a single dollar emitted from them, that shows you how much they invest in the game. But feel free to fanboy. For someone who has played CS for years, I've seen Valve mistakes or complete absence of feedback for years now, the fact that you're still defending them blows my mind.
2021-01-16 13:13
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go and suck valoronts dick and leave csgo alone with your bullshit. Imagine defending cheaters by blaming the game developer. OMGEALUL and tell others they have no idea about competition when they say you are wrong ROFLMAO
2021-01-16 14:13
Just cause they dont fix it dont Mean you should do it on purpose
2021-01-16 12:22
4 replies
Where did I say they should do ? They legit provided advantages through bugs. It's like a player who could see through smokes, it happens rarely but imagine if he can see through smokes every game ?
2021-01-16 13:07
3 replies
You say main culprit is Valve, thats not true its still the cheaters..
2021-01-16 14:11
2 replies
you don't need any external software, nor commands for this, it's literally what we call a bug design, or an exploit, because it can be exploited just by playing. The olof boost was seen as an exploit while it clearly wasn't in my opinion. This is the textbook definition of a bug exploit, you can call that cheating but don't forget Valve's stance on this, they're trying to act like they're not in the wrong for not fixing a bug for 2 WHOLE YEARS. kinda crazy people are still defending Valve for CSGO, maybe you guys are new to CS.
2021-01-16 15:06
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Im by No means defending them and I dont Even play, love to watch tho, but Im just saying that Even if its their mistake it dont make it ok for others to use and its def not their fault ppl used it you can just choose not to
2021-01-16 17:34
Between The scummy cheating coaches, Teams and players pulling out of the game , Valorant growing and no LAN events i'm starting to get concerned for CSGO a little.
2021-01-16 03:19
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valorant is shit compared to cs and all the money and promotion wont change that.
2021-01-16 10:48
You can blame Valve for most of it tbh.
2021-01-16 14:58
Chile cristiaan
2021-01-16 07:49
First become a person people can trust and not a thief and then we can talk about your “coach” role🙂🙂🙂 How is esports even letting him continue his role after his personal “issues” lmao this is a joke rly
2021-01-16 09:27
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Sweden RaaCCooN
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Lithuania eqk3
ESIC maybe take a look at t2-t3 scene csgo now
2021-01-16 13:52
okay and when you tell us pitas secret? (1.6)
2021-01-16 14:24
Denmark rrasmus
Let the involved coaches get longer bans..
2021-01-16 15:19
Poland SebL
He is a really good coach, it's good that he will be back soon.
2021-01-16 15:38
Slovakia Adwarin
nice It wouldn't happen if valve cared. GL&HF
2021-01-16 17:43
good guy pita
2021-01-16 19:05
I love this guy and thanks for contacting Valve about coach bug.
2021-01-16 19:49
Great, good luck :)
2021-01-18 09:48
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