Heroic’s Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen, MIBR’s Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, and Hard Legion’s Aleksandr “zoneR” Bogatiryev were recently banned for abusing a ‘coaching bug’. This bug allowed them to access areas of the map and inform team members of the whereabouts of their opponents. Cheating has plagued CS:GO and this wasn’t the first scandal to have come to light in the community. Instances like these tend to leave deep stains on the multiplayer game that has managed to stay afloat for decades. Incidents like these also have the ability to hamper the integrity of competitive tournaments, making them less credible.
The scandal attracted a lot of attention and sent the gaming community into a state of frenzy when the bans were imposed. This news was even more harrowing for Heroic who had just finished ESL One Cologne- Europe with a victory.
The three teams have been disqualified from their respective tournaments and stripped of the cash prizes. All three of them will also lose their ESL Pro Tour Points and this makes their chances of qualification to subsequent tournaments look bleak.
Twitter was bursting with opinions and people all over the world took to the platform to share their views on the subject.
As for the punishment, Hard Legion’s Bogatiryev has to step away from the game for two years. Heroic’s Petersen and MIBR’s Sinigaglia have been asked to step aside for a period of twelve and six months, respectively. ESL has also been working with other organizers to look for a way of controlling the damage that has been caused.
Of late, cheating has become a matter of great concern. Professional players have employed cheats to perform better than their opponents in prestigious tournaments. While some have managed to walk away with impunity, others have had to face the repercussions of their actions. For now, the teams have suspended the coaches involved in the ‘coach bug’ scandal and have vowed to come out with a public statement once the investigation is complete.