ESIC Lift CS:GO Coach Sanctions

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has rescinded the punishment of Sergey ‘LMBT’ Bezhanov, one of 37 professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) coaches to be banned following a recent cheating scandal.

In CS: GO, the banned coaches were accused of exploiting the so-called ‘spectator bug’ that would allow them to travel freely around game maps during competitive gameplay, feeding back information about the whereabouts of their opponents to their teams.

Initially, ‘LMBT’, who was the coach for the professional CS:GO team Forze, faced a 7.5 month ban.

However, after appealing the decision and relying on documentary, video and third-party evidence to support his appeal, the ESIC Commissioner was assured that he was not on his machine in two of the situations in which he was accused of exploiting the bug. In the other two examples, they disconnected in good time and requested admin assistance, and thus did not attempt or gain any unfair advantage by exploiting the bug.

Consequently, with immediate effect, ESIC lifted the sanctions and ‘LMBT’ is now free to coach teams competing in ESIC member events again.

As a result of its investigation starting in September, ESIC issued professional bans to hundreds of coaches, banning them from being able to communicate with their teams from 15 minutes prior to official match starts up until the end of matches, for periods ranging between some 4 months and 3 years.

Coaches were also forbidden from being around their teams or being on the game server during official matches, being on the Discord server’s official match channel, being part of the official map veto process, or being in touch with their teams during this process.

At present, ESIC expects the full scope of its investigation to be completed by the end of October, by which time an additional report on its findings will be released.

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