ESIC lifts ban on ToH1o
The 31-year-old Bulgarian is free to resume coaching duties after providing evidence that he experienced the spectator bug without his knowledge.
Anton "ToH1o" Georgiev has been allowed to coach again after having his 10-month ban lifted by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), according to a statement issued by the esports watchdog on Tuesday. The decision follows an appeal launched by the Bulgarian, one of the 37 coaches who were sanctioned by ESIC in September as part of an investigation into the use of the spectator bug in competitive Counter-Strike.
ToH1o was found to have experienced the bug on two occasions in 2017, in one round of ex-Outlaws's IEM Oakland open qualifier win against hASSeLsNOk, and in all 30 rounds of Windigo's Inferno victory against Tricked in CS:GO.NET Cup 1.
ESIC accepted the grounds for ToH1o's appeal, which included evidence of the Bulgarian coach having experienced the infamous coaching bug without his knowledge. At the moment, it is unclear whether the ban the former Windigo and SMASH coach received from Valve for the next five Majors will be lifted as well.
"I would like to thank ESIC for their understanding and for providing me the chance to appeal and to provide a big amount of evidence regarding my case," the 31-year-old has told HLTV.org. "It took six months, but I clearly understand ESIC and their tight schedule dealing with the cheaters out there!"
"I am really happy and it took me soo long, but now I am free! I'm ready to start working again and I will be looking to get back in the coaching role again with any roster and any region out there! I didn't leave the scene, I was closely spectating it, so I am up to date! Also, I have a USA visa and am open to relocate for new projects," the coach went on to share.
ToH1o is the second coach to have his spectator bug ban removed in full by ESIC. Former forZe coach Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov successfully appealed his ban last October in a similar fashion, as ESIC were able to verify evidence that the Ukrainian veteran was not present at his computer when the bug occurred and that he disconnected in due time in the remaining matches in question.