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The Highly Anticipated Panorama UI for CS:GO Has Finally Gone Live in Beta Mode

Published: 20/Jun/2018 10:01 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:27

by Ross Deason

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Valve has officially announced the highly anticipated Panorama UI for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive along with a preview and made it available for beta testing.

Fans and players of CS:GO have been calling out for the Panorama UI ever since Valve teased it back in 2016 but many had started to give up hope on ever seeing it.

Those concerns disappeared on June 19th when Valve finally released a preview for the all-new UI and described it as the “most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012”.

Everything from the main menu to the scoreboard has been updated to make the entire experience of the game more immersive, much like when it was introduced to Dota 2.

The official press release includes a preview image of what the Panorama UI will look like, but you can also check it out for yourself by opting into the beta depot and playing on that version of the game.

However, the current Panorama UI beta release only supports the “Practice with Bots” option, so playing with bots or in a private practice session with a friend will be the closest you get to the full experience.

The developers have made it clear that they are still working on Panorama but state that “the biggest pieces are ready”, so a full release shouldn’t be too far away.

Some users have reported a slight improvement in FPS and a number of quality of life improvements like detailed stats, a new buy menu, and more.

However, as is the case with any major overhaul like this, there have also been a number of bug and issues reported which should help Valve to perfect things before the official release.

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ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal

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Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

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ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.