eSports Integrity Commission will look into coaches using exploits


The eSports Integrity Commission is launching an investigation into pro CS:GO games. The organization is looking into potential cheating as far back as 2016.

Recently, the eSports Integrity Commission sniffed the suspensions of three coaches on ESL. Specifically, the coaches of Hard Legion, MIBR, and Heroic got sanctions for cheating. ESL noted they were using a spectator bug that allowed a full view of the map.

By doing so, the teams received an undue advantage. ESIC is now looking into reviewing all games and footages since 2016.

Spectator bug use likely expansive

ESIC launched a formal investigation to look at all events under their umbrella since 2016. In a post on their official site, they detail their reasoning, including broad methodology. The spectator bug’s expansiveness and lack of detection made it a viable cheat.

Now, the organization is looking into all instances of use for the glitch to improve rankings. History of the glitch points to its potential use starting in 2016. Since ESIC came into existence only in 2016, they are ready to go that far back.

“ESIC believes that detection, exposure and punishment of any entity involved in cheating in esports is in the best interest of competitive integrity, and, ultimately, the interests of the industry,” said the post.

“After careful consideration of the volumes of material available to ESIC for review, we have reason to believe that exploitation of the Spectator Bug by other parties than those already sanctioned, may have existed historically. Accordingly, ESIC has decided to establish an inquiry into the exploitation of the Spectator Bug dating back to 2016.”

ESIC will look into 25,000 demos

The eSports Integrity Commission is looking into a shotgun approach to finding coaches who exploited the bug. The inquiry itself is extensive, encompassing as many as 25,000 demos. The analysis will go backward and will use AI and human eyes to check, starting in 2020.

Based on the evidence they find, ESIC notes that punishments will be case to case. They will be relevant to the official partners of the organization. Some of these will include ESL, DreamHack, and BLAST.

Due to the expanse of the investigation, ESIC will offer monthly and quarterly reports. Their findings will have an appeals process for people who believe the accusations are wrong.

A concession period will last until next week, September 13. During this time, coaches can self-report in exchange for leniency. Furthermore, they can get their sanctions reduced or expunged if they do self-reporting.

Ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas head coach Faruk Pita has already given himself up. He admitted to using the exploit in a November 2018 ESL Pro League match. The eSports Integrity Commission into more of this in the coming months.

Featured image courtesy of ESIC/Youtube Screenshot  

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