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Spunj & Stunna start GoFundMe for CSGO refs who caught cheating coaches

Published: 3/Sep/2020 17:20

by Calum Patterson

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Counter-Strike commentators and analysts Tres ‘Stunna’ Saranthus and Chad ‘Spunj’ Burchill have set up a fundraiser to pay back the grueling work put in by Michal Slowinski & Steve Dudenhoeffer to expose the use of a ‘coaching bug’ at professional tournaments.

As a result of their investigation, three coaches: MiBR’s dead, Heroic’s Hunden, and Hard Legion’s MechanoGun were all handed lengthy bans from playing or coaching in ESL and DreamHack tournaments.

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The coaches had been found to have exploited a spectator bug, that would allow them to view the game from a static, elevated position on the map, and possibly give their players information they wouldn’t otherwise have.

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To find the evidence necessary, freelance admin Slowinski trawled through thousands of demos (and used the standard CS:GO demo viewer, which is notoriously buggy), meticulously analyzing the coaches’ perspectives.

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This was thankless work – even more so when some of the fans of affected teams reacted on social media – so as a way of paying them back, Stunna and Spunj have set up a GoFundMe page, with a target of $10,000.

The fundraiser is already halfway to its goal at the time of writing, only five hours after it was started.

On Twitter, Burchill said, “without the hard work of Michal & Steven this problem could have become much more rampant.”

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“This is a donation that is being taken in appreciation of the efforts of Michal Slowinski & Steve Dudenhoeffer as they spent countless hours reviewing game footage and spotting exploited mechanics of CS:GO.” The GoFundMe explains.

 

“Most notably and recently, exposing several coaches for utilizing this bug and spending hundreds of hours in their pursuit. This sort of behavior should be rewarded as well as the hours of hard work put toward it.”

ESL has also confirmed that they will compensate Michal for his work, and have spoken with him already.

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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