The recent ‘coach bug’ scandal has sparked off a huge debate. As professional CS:GO coaches involved in the scandal have receive a temporary ban, people argue that this doesn’t suffice.
This argument stems from the lifetime ban that was imposed on Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen. He had to play for OG’s inaugural squad but never made it to the roster.
He had a VAC banned account under his name. However, he had signed up for the account while he was underage. Additionally, he claimed that he had lent his account to a friend, which caused more problems for him. Sharing accounts directly violates Steam Subscriber Agreement policies.
The Finnish player sued Valve, but that didn’t work in his favor either. He could’ve become one of the youngest players to play at a major championship, but fate had a different route in store for him.
Heroic’s Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen, MIBR’s Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia, and Hard Legion’s Aleksandr ‘zoneR’ Bogatiryev have been banned by ESL. Hard Legion’s Bogatiryev will step aside for twenty-four months. Meanwhile, Petersen and Sinigaglia have been banned for twelve and six months, respectively.
And this has enraged the players around the world. The three coaches belong to the most prominent CS:GO organizations in the world and have potentially cheated at a top tier championship.
Bogatiryev was guilty of exploiting the ‘coaching bug’ in six maps across three different matches. Taking this into consideration, a twenty four-month ban sounds preposterous compared to the lifetime ban on Jamppi.
There is yet another question that has been raised. Why are just the coaches being banned? If the coaches were using a bug that allowed them to communicate information, ultimately the players were carrying them out. Why are the players walking away with impunity?
It’s not possible to compare the two instances. Jamppi was a kid and was merely guilty of a banned VAC account against his name. Moreover, it sounds baffling to compare the two incidents as the coaches belong to top tier teams and were well aware of what they were doing.
Moreover, different companies have imposed the bans. In the case of the three coaches involved, ESL has taken the initiative to work with organizers to sort this out whilst handing them a temporary ban.
And in the case of the Finnish player who can’t possibly play a major tournament because of having a banned VAC account but being banned by Valve, people are demanding a level-pegging. They either want the ban on the coaches to be permanent or Jamppi’s ban lifted.
The ‘coach bug’ investigation, started by the veteran referee Michal Slowinski, will take some time to reveal the protocol that everyone has to follow.
The respective teams have suspended the coaches and vow to provide concrete statements once the official investigation concludes.
Now, just one question remains. Will Jamppi’s ban be lifted?