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When does CSGO’s Operation Shattered Web end? New update confirms date

Published: 4/Mar/2020 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Four months on from its release, CS:GO’s Operation Shattered Web is in its final days, with Valve confirming the event will be finished by the end of March.

After waiting over 900 days for Operation Shattered Web, CS:GO players will finally have to bid the expansion farewell at the end of March 2020.

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Valve confirmed Shattered Web will be wrapping up after 19 weeks of play, although you still have a couple more weeks if you haven’t completed all your missions.

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You have until March 30 to grind for the 100-mission Operation Shattered Web Diamond Coin.

In the March 3 CS:GO update, the game’s developers stated Operation Shattered Web will be finishing on March 30. “Players have until March 30 to play missions, earn progress, and redeem Operation rewards.”

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While the operation is ending at the end of the month, today’s update shipped the final set of missions available to players. This will give players two weeks to play catch-up and finish any missions they are yet to complete.

If you have been diligent in completing every mission in the Operation, you’ll be rewarded this week, with Diamond Operation Coins being sent to players from March 3 onwards.

Operation Shattered Web brought a breath of fresh life into Valve’s hallmark FPS title as Global Offensive approaches 10 years. Four new weapon collections were released, alongside agent skins for your characters, and a new battle pass.

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It was the biggest drop of content CS:GO had seen in years, at least since the Danger Zone release at the end of 2018, and the first operation since Operation Hydra in May 2017.

Players are now hoping that the gap between Shattered Web and the next operation isn’t as long as the last one, and with the release of Valorant ⁠— Riot Games’ competitor to CS:GO ⁠— being imminent, Valve will be looking to retain as many players as they can.

The March 3 update wasn’t big outside of the Operation Shattered Web announcement. The Vertigo server lag exploit was patched out, while a band-aid fix for stuttering issues reported by players was also deployed.

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So, if you want to grind out those final few missions and get your hands on those sleek Operation Coins, among other rewards, be sure to log into CS:GO before March 30 and finish off your Shattered Web pass.

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7 CSGO players banned for MDL betting offences by ESIC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 10:00

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued 12-month bans for seven CSGO players after a joint investigation with ESEA discovered multiple breaches of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code in Mountain Dew League (MDL) Australia.

ESIC confirmed in an official statement on Sep. 3 they had been investigating an issue that had been present in the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene for “approximately 18 months.”

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The esports watchdog revealed there were investigations being carried out on as many as 15 individuals involved in the Mountain Dew League. These potential breaches were of “significant concern to the industry,” ESIC stated at the time.

The 18-month investigation has resulted in ESIC confirming 12-month competitive bans from Counter-Strike for seven Australian players. They have also confirmed that other investigations into matchfixing in both North America and Australia are still ongoing.

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Seven Australian CSGO players have been issued sanctions after betting on MDL matches.

In their report, ESIC confirmed that “as a result of the joint investigation between ESIC and ESEA, ESIC has discovered that seven current CSGO professionals playing in MDL Australia placed bets on MDL matches during their participation in the MDL.”

“Some of these individuals engaged in betting activity related to matches they were playing in themselves,” the newly-released Oct. 23 report continues.

“Further to this, ESIC has identified several associates of the offending parties also participated in betting activities related to the matches being played. In some instances, the associates placing bets mirrored identical bets to those placed by the Offending Parties.”

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ESIC match-betting investigation results

The banned players come from three organisations currently competing in the Australian Mountain Dew League, and four CSGO lineups. These include one player from Ground Zero Gaming, one from LAKERS (formerly Team Skyfire), and five from Rooster.

Two players are currently listed in Rooster’s first roster, while three more are involved in the group’s second roster. These include Corey “nettik” Browne and Akram “ADK” Smida.

The seven banned CSGO players were in breach with Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code, as well as ESEA’s standing MDL tournament rules.

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ESIC and ESEA have sanctioned all involved CSGO players with twelve-month bans from all competitive CS:GO tournaments and events organised or promoted by ESIC members. This includes ESEA, ESL, DreamHack, WePlay, BLAST, and more.

Full list of banned CSGO players

  • Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [now playing as “stvn”]
  • Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
  • Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
  • Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster) [sometimes spelt “nettik”]
  • Damian “JD/The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
  • Carlos “Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
  • Joshua “jhd” Hough-Devine (Rooster 2)

ESIC has already issued all seven players with notice of charge, which details the offence, ban applied, and appeal mechanisms available to them. All those impacted are now eligible to appeal their charges by emailing Kevin Carpenter, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel.

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Due to the nature of these offences, ESIC has also referred the matter to law enforcement. This referral is related to breaching criminal codes in Australia.

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Mayker, pictured here playing for Genuine Gaming in Season 8, was one of seven CSGO players banned by the ESIC.

Further ESIC updates to come on MDL matchfixing

Despite the announcement, the overall investigation into systemic matchfixing is still ongoing. The esports watchdog has flagged additional breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code that are expected to be resolved in “further updates,” which will address match-fixing allegations.

“ESIC is in the process of investigating additional breaches… within the MDL in both Australia and North America,” they wrote. “As these investigations relate to other behaviours, such as match-fixing, they have been significantly more complex.”

For a full breakdown of ESIC’s investigation, details of specific matches where the bug was used, and an explanation of the sanctions, read the full report here.

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ESIC’s match-fixing report comes just one month after numerous high-profile CSGO coaches were banned for using a coaching bug, including ave, pita, Rejin and RobbaN.

ESIC concluded their report with a message to the wider CS:GO community:

“It is crucially important that professional players abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from in order to preserve the  integrity of the esports landscape internationally and mitigate the potential for bad actors to take advantage of our sport.”

These new bans from ESIC come just six weeks after the esports watchdog handed down over 40 extended bans for CSGO coaches. Those bans were related to the exploit of a CSGO spectator bug which Valve reportedly patched on Sep. 2.

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