Following a long investigation by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) on abusing the spectator bug in competitive CSGO, 37 coaches have already been banned from renowned esports orgs like ENCE, OG, Heroic, and Hard Legion.
Such a large number of bans after the commencement of only 20% of the investigation has surely caught fans off guard. But it seems like the organizations are sticking with the banned coaches despite the verdict from ESIC.
“We respect the ESIC decision, and effective immediately Casper will start to fulfill his ban,” OG’s said. “Following the ESIC’s decision, players and staff got together as a team. We decided that Casper deserves a second chance and we want to continue working with him.”
Similarly, other teams like Boom, AGO, and Hard Legion also announced giving their coaches Alessandro “Apoka” Marcucci, Mikołaj “miNIr0x” Michałków, and Sergey “starix” Ischuk a second chance despite their existent ban. However, the last decision was met with some serious criticism due to Ischuk receiving a ten-month ban for repeatedly abusing the spectator bug on multiple occasions.
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Heroic decided to circumvent the ban by moving their coach Hunden to an analyst role after his ban. ENCE also took a similar decision and moved coach Slaava “Twista” Räsänen as an analyst.
The majority of the investigation is yet to conclude, and it’s almost evident that a significant number of more bans are to come. The ESIC will release a report towards the end of October to provide an update with the investigation.