CS:GO: New rules for coaches

Last year, a scandal rocked the CS:GO scene. It was revealed that some coaches had exploited a Spectator bug. Now developer Valve is reacting.

Last September, the ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) convicted many pro coaches of knowingly exploiting a bug to gain an advantage. A few days ago, Team Vitality was fined after they illegally opened the stream of their own game during the match.

With the latest Counter-Strike update, Valve is now reacting to the incidents with a tightening of the rules. But to the players’ delight, the update also brings positive things: From now on, the stickers for the 2020 RMR events are available in the game. As with the past majors, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the teams.

New rules for coaches

Valve’s update states, “In September 2020, it was brought to our attention that many professional coaches were exploiting a flaw in the coaching feature to gain an unfair advantage during matches. As a result, we’ve decided that coaches who exploited the camera bug will not be allowed to participate in a certain number of future Valve-sponsored events – the number will be based on the severity of the offense.”

The Valve-sponsored events are the most important events of the year, the majors. There will be a crackdown, but the number of offenses will determine the number of events from which the affected coaches will be banned. The misdemeanors identified by the ESIC serve as the basis. The table is as follows:

  • 2 misdemeanors: Exclusion from an event
  • 3 misdemeanors: Exclusion from two events
  • 4 offenses: Exclusion from three events
  • 5 misdemeanor: Exclusion from five events
  • 6 or more offenses: Exclusion from all events

To avoid the diminished integrity of coaches casting a shadow on Valve-sponsored events, a new restriction is in place effective immediately: “Only players may be in the room and on the server during online matches. Neither coaches nor other team personnel may be in the room or on the server or otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.”


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