Sources: At Least 15 More Coaches Implicated in CS:GO Exploit Scandal

Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen is one of the CS:GO coaches to be disciplined for using an exploit
Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen is one of the CS:GO coaches to be disciplined for using an exploit | Photo courtesy of DreamHack

ESL announced last week the banning of three CS:GO coaches for varying lengths of time abusing an in-game bug to gain an advantage in professional matches. Since then, several others have come forward or allegedly used it on at least one occasion in various online tournaments. As an investigation by the Esports Integrity Coalition continues, multiple sources have explained to DBLTAP that at least 15 additional coaches -- yet to be named -- have been found to have abused the bug, and that number is expected to rise.

The only sanctions handed out so far are for the three coaches in ESL’s original announcement. Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia received a six month ban for using the bug on one round in the ESL One: Road to Rio event. Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen received a 12 month ban for using it in 10 rounds at DreamHack Masters Spring. Finally, Aleksandr “zoneR” Bogatiryev was banned for 24 months for using the bug on a total of six maps in the ESL One: Road to Rio tournament.

Several coaches have admitted to using the bug, including Aset "⁠Solaar⁠" Sembiyev, Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita, Allan "⁠Rejin⁠" Petersen, Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov, Arthur "⁠prd⁠" Resende, and Peter "⁠casle⁠" Sørensen. At the time of publication, the only discipline any of them have received are suspensions from some of their respective organizations. In addition to these coaches, several more have been found to have run into the bug during play but claim no communication was shared with players.

Valve has publicly acknowledged the ongoing investigation and stated that all teams whose coach were found to have abused the bug will lose all earned RMR points for the Road to Rio. They have implicated that any punishments for individual coaches will come after the investigation has finished. With the ESL One: Rio Major having been pushed back indefinitely, plenty of time remains for a thorough analysis from the ESIC and those they have contracted.