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ESIC Commissioner hints towards more CSGO bans for stream sniping

Published: 28/Sep/2020 18:06

by Jacob Hale

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After a wave of 37 bans in the Counter-Strike scene thanks to the exploitation of a spectator bug in-game, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has hinted that more bans may be on the way to stream snipers.

Since the coaching bug was uncovered, which allowed team coaches to watch certain areas of the map independent of their players and therefore keep an eye on enemies, the community has been shaken as a number of top talent has been implicated in proceedings.

Shortly after ESIC announced that 37 coaches had been found using the exploit, the commissioner of the organization, Ian Smith, revealed that more bans could be on the way for a whole different reason.

Pita coaching NIP at Starladder
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Former NiP coach Pita admitted to cheating with the spectator bug.

Appearing in a conversation with other prominent CS:GO community members, the topic of cheating was understandably the focus of discussion, and while it was centered around the coaching bug, the buck didn’t stop there.

Now, it looks like some of the focus of ESIC’s work is to be shifted towards stream sniping, which has apparently become a major issue since leagues were moved online thanks to the ongoing global health crisis.

“We’ve got perfectly factually substantiated reports on stream sniping,” Smith said. “I won’t go into too much detail because we’re going to explain this all in a release, but it’s a pretty big deal.”

He continued: “I know what information you can gain from the stream, given the delay between real-time action and the stream, is limited. But there is some useful information there, and on top of that, it’s against the rules. It’s not about how badly you’re cheating, but it’s against the rules, and unfortunately we found that a lot of people were on the stream. Players and coaches. So, we’ve got something to say about that.”

Many of CS:GO’s top coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings earlier on September 28, but the fact that many more — players and coaches alike — could face repercussions if found guilty of stream sniping.

Of course, some of those included in ESIC’s report have responded to the accusations. Notably, RobbaN, who was coaching FaZe Clan at the time that he is accused of using it, was backed by the organization when saying that he did not use the bug to his advantage.

How long we have to wait to find out ESIC’s research into stream sniping, as well as the guilty parties involved, remains to be seen. But it’s fair to say that the entire CS community is being shaken as the stories unravel.

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How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 24/Oct/2020 6:55

by Andrew Amos

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The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi vs NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses vs OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality vs Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG vs FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm