More CSGO coaches may be banned for spectator bug in near future

Olivia Richman • March 29, 2022 3:19 pm

It’s possible that more Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches will be banned in the near future for using an infamous spectator bug.

According to a report by Dexerto, the Esports Integrity Commission is finalizing two investigations into the infamous coaching bug that revolved around a spectator glitch that gave unfair information to teams. 37 coaches have already been banned since the bug was discovered in 2020.

But as many as 52 coaches may be banned after the investigations are wrapped up, a source allegedly told Dexerto on March 29.

ESIC under fire for slow investigation ahead of PGL Major

The Counter-Strike: Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) has stated that the ESIC is taking too long to wrap up its investigations. Since more coaches may be banned from official events, the CSPPA and other outside parties have demanded the ESIC finish the investigations by the PGL Major, which is set to take place in May.

Some inside sources have explained that the investigation is being delayed due to multiple in-game bugs that allowed coaches to unfairly spectate around the map, each functioning a bit differently from the other. This meant that the initial investigation may have overlooked some instances in which coaches were using a separate bug from the main bug that first brought these investigations about.

While figuring out these issues, many coaches that have possibly used a variation of the spectator bug have still been competing in prominent CSGO events. This has left banned coaches and their employing organizations feeling a bit frustrated.

Fans, coaches, and players alike are undoubtedly hoping that the entire saga can be put behind them sooner than later, and that will depend on the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and its related punishments being meted out.

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