Steam issues cause two hour-long delay at EPL, frustrations ensue *

Issues for Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev extended the match between Heroic and Natus Vincere to over five hours.


Update 11:21 : Ulrich "theflyingdj" Schulze, SVP of Game Ecosystems at ESL, has reached out to HLTV.org to clarify that the issue experienced by s1mple during the match was caused by a Steam exploit rather than PC or technical issues on ESL's end. HLTV.org had made three different inquiries with ESL referees and staff during the match, and were only informed of it being a technical issue with no further details at the time of this article's publication.

"I don't think people knew at the time," Mr. Schulze said when asked for an explanation on the change in account. "It looks like it was an external attack targeted at individual players, which we were able to stop when we identified the issue. We have made Valve aware and are taking steps to prevent it from happening again."


The final match of the round of 12 at ESL Pro League Season 16 is still underway, nearly five hours after it first began. The first two maps, Mirage and Inferno, went off without a hitch and offered some thrilling Counter-Strike between the world's No. 2 and No. 12 teams, either side winning their own map picks 16-14 to force an Overpass decider.

When the third map began though, issues were immediately apparent as s1mple experienced lag in the first round, causing a restart as just thirty seconds had elapsed and no damage had been done. Less then five minutes later, the match resumed, and Natus Vincere took the pistol round and ensuing anti-eco to go up 2-0.

Tech pauses in the NAVI-Heroic match went on for over two hours

Another PC issue followed for s1mple in the first gun round, mere moments after René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen scored an opening kill on Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov in playground. Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy and Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev could also be seen experiencing stuttering, but Heroic still picked up another entry kill and picked off two more Natus Vincere players before the round came to an end.

Another tech pause ensued, far more lengthy than the previous. Nearly twenty minutes later, the match once again resumed. On broadcast, Matthew "⁠Sadokist⁠" Trivett explained that the primary issue raised by Natus Vincere was not that they lost the round — they were aware too much damage had been done — but rather that players were then hunted down afterward, leaving the team with just one gun left in their hands and their economy crushed.

NAVI manager Alexander "Lk" Lemeshev stated on Twitter that coach Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy had informed admins the issue would happen again, with HLTV.org understanding that it was said after the second pause occurred.

One more round played out before again. s1mple was seen lagging on broadcast, resulting in a stoppage of play for the fourth time. This one lasted almost double the length of the first, with frustration visibly building in the Natus Vincere camp both on stream and in-person.

Once play finally resumed, NAVI won two more rounds to bring the score up to 5-3 before once again s1mple was witnessed lagging, causing yet another pause. Now, over two hours after the first pause occurred, play seems to be resuming after ESL swapped out s1mple's PC and had three players swap to different Steam accounts, but neither camp is happy as it is over an hour past midnight.

Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
856
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
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Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1340
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
481
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Canada Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.88
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Canada SparklMastr
navi trio with no skins lol
2022-09-29 01:17
3 replies
unlucky. they should give me trade link
2022-09-29 01:17
2 replies
If they lose now its because they don't have knives. Everyone knows having skins makes you play better.
2022-09-29 01:21
1 reply
#44
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Australia poppyxox
i wish thats what happened
2022-09-29 03:59
ez 4 HEROIC
2022-09-29 01:17
Lol
2022-09-29 01:17
#7
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Norway fuxzer
All 3 Ukrainians getting targeted and had to switch account... pretty weird right?
2022-09-29 01:18
12 replies
#10
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Brazil IguiN
:x
2022-09-29 01:20
yea especially against danish team… ukraine vs denmark inc?
2022-09-29 01:20
good observation +1
2022-09-29 02:47
this reminds me of a sparkles video "Hacker that Crashes PRO Games for $$$ tells all..." its currently unlisted but here is the link youtu.be/zhH1twfEG38 and maybe a russian cheater/hacker is specifically using this crasher exploit to lag the three ukrainians on navi, as im assuming it was fixed by swapping steam accounts which ties in with the vide at around 2:35 which explains it is done by targeting the victim's steam id
2022-09-29 03:41
7 replies
I saw someone on twitter talking about this video and was looking for it, that's crazy, thanks for sharing.
2022-09-29 05:43
1 reply
np
2022-09-29 05:44
#66
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Europe epiGen
Thanks for the vid, very interesting!
2022-09-29 10:54
seams it was the case ig thats a way of getting it fixed, give it attention by using it on an S-tier match
2022-09-29 12:25
#74
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Slovakia Adwarin
yes, of course, the Russians are to blame for everything...
2022-09-29 12:49
1 reply
Don't worry, you're next on the list
2022-09-29 13:53
#86
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Poland miedzianek
prob right, could be, cuz they are ukrainians
2022-09-29 19:56
yes, it’s so weird
2022-09-29 04:15
#8
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United States Hav0c98
L
2022-09-29 01:18
Yikers
2022-09-29 01:21
#15
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United States Zedsamcat
KEKW WHAT A JOKE
2022-09-29 01:22
cs ppa at its best, nowhere to be seen, match should have been postponed
2022-09-29 01:23
We knew the result why heroic didnt forfeit?
2022-09-29 01:23
Wouldn't have happened if they hosted in Brazil. Come to Brazil caralho
2022-09-29 01:24
6 replies
You’re right! It wouldn’t of happened, the computers would of been stolen long before anyone arrived!
2022-09-29 07:26
5 replies
Assuming they would even play CSGO with PCs, decide major with soccer. NaVi unbeatable with Boombl4 goalie
2022-09-29 07:56
3 replies
#59
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Russia 6tuf
ahahahah
2022-09-29 08:23
#67
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Denmark NaggingMum
Ok this was pretty harsh but fucking funny
2022-09-29 10:57
hahaha
2022-09-29 11:22
#63
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Europe kuu1
Well, that would a very original way to avoid tech issues.
2022-09-29 10:42
#21
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United Kingdom Leftie
didn't even mention hooxis god appearance on stream, hltv hates hooxi confirmed
2022-09-29 01:24
5 replies
#32
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Norway Snaids
he did? i just gave up on it
2022-09-29 01:44
#33
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Sweden nathanel
+1 hooxi deserves more love for that
2022-09-29 01:45
3 replies
#41
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United Kingdom Leftie
totally man, poor guy was about to go bed, and he still agreed to it, threw on a G2 jersey and was all happy & cheerful just coz the twitch audience casually enquired if they could call/have hooxi during the long ass tech pause, that's a man who is living his best life
2022-09-29 03:12
2 replies
Clip?
2022-09-29 07:19
1 reply
#81
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United Kingdom Leftie
It's on YouTube here - youtube.com/watch?v=9PqfaTxSrpU hooxi gigachad confirmed
2022-09-29 16:03
fcking 2 hours of waiting... Ugh.. Never again. 3rd map should have been hype but I m not hyped anymore..
2022-09-29 01:24
damn unlucky
2022-09-29 01:25
Malta hotel mad on s1mple.
2022-09-29 01:32
heroic robbed, navi will get dominated vs g2
2022-09-29 01:32
1 reply
Niko clap NAVI tomorrow
2022-09-29 01:42
and they had to play it hahaha, what a shit show
2022-09-29 01:37
#27
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Europe Shiro47
ESL production lul
2022-09-29 01:37
#28
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Czech Republic sam1ecs
Can someone actually explain what happened that they had to use alts?
2022-09-29 01:40
1 reply
Most likely a ddos style attack on steam ip’s
2022-09-30 02:56
Why not switch pc sooner and be done with it
2022-09-29 01:42
#34
DD | 
Philippines libon23
This should happen in major grand finals 5th map. HAHAHA :D that would be a banger. Imperial vs Na'vi btw
2022-09-29 01:48
3 replies
4 overtime maps and then 2h tech issue on the 5th
2022-09-29 03:12
1 reply
12 hours straight
2022-09-29 06:04
#48
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Austria HomoTopf
major final is bo3...
2022-09-29 05:18
#35
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Wales tinribs
$1mil prize pool shit crowd shit place shit delay with casters and shit tech issues hopefully major better
2022-09-29 01:55
4 replies
i honestly think its because its located in Malta. in Brazil it should be a more established place
2022-09-29 02:00
2 replies
What? Where is the logic there? Malta was used by tournaments since COVID was fading away. It was always great quality.
2022-09-29 08:22
1/100 lol
2022-09-29 09:13
Wednesday
2022-09-29 02:46
NAVI too stronk even after so many issues to still be able to rektered Heroic on last map. gg bb
2022-09-29 03:52
Lost all respect for Heroic. When they realized Navi crashed, they went hunting for the remaining weapons. Garbage human beings. Decent people would allow Navi to keep whatever weapons they had going into the next round. Truly disgusting.
2022-09-29 04:06
5 replies
i agree, and still lost at the end. But at least they got knifed at the closing round, hahaha.
2022-09-29 05:19
2 replies
+1
2022-09-29 06:04
#65
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Europe kuu1
That was a nice ending.
2022-09-29 10:43
#53
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Poland miedzianek
Thats why i dont repect cadian and co
2022-09-29 06:39
#78
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Uzbekistan nasr1dn
+, But knife, That was on the point, and Absolute domination after those plays))
2022-09-29 14:20
What was the real issue? It's ridiculous playing when some must be half asleep.
2022-09-29 10:43
Heroic robbed
2022-09-29 10:58
#70
Liazz | 
Yugoslavia embru
this actually makes more sense with this new piece of news they just dropped, ESL assumed it was a technical issue and therefore was unable to properly fix it until they gave them all new steam accounts to play on edit: comment #42 could be right with this being a targeted steam exploit because the issue only got resolved when they received new accounts
2022-09-29 11:33
#72
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Poland ScR1337
lol, so ppl were actually right that ukrainian players were targeted only
2022-09-29 12:24
and had to switch account... pretty weird right?
2022-09-29 12:35
2 replies
#84
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Poland miedzianek
yes, cuz it was ddos through account exploit, thats why he playd on 'random' account
2022-09-29 19:55
1 reply
404
2022-09-29 19:56
Valve momento - DDOS (or whatever) exploit known for ages - no action until a major f up happen. HUNDEN cam known for ages - no action until a major f up happen.
2022-09-29 14:12
going sleep at start of map3 was a great decision, imagine ppl stayed up for this lol
2022-09-29 16:02
HUNDEN doing his thing
2022-09-29 17:42
I think this is a case of that past exploit where someone can steam packet you with mass friend requests, essentially DDOSing you though the steam network itself. #42 posted it, that is probably what happened. Seems like there is another way to do this now.
2022-09-29 19:21
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