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Valve issues punishments to CSGO teams for exploiting coaching bug

Published: 9/Sep/2020 17:57

by Calum Patterson


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer and publisher Valve has issued a statement responding to the recent cheating scandal in CS:GO regarding professional coaches, handing down a significant punishment.

In the wake of the Rio 2020 Major being canceled, Valve has confirmed that all teams found to have used the coaching bug at Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events will have their Major qualifying points reset totally.

Although Valve expressed regret that the bug wasn’t fixed sooner, and accepted responsibility for this, the publisher also stated that it expects to be able to trust the players and coaches.

“Recently we’ve been made aware that several coaches of professional CS:GO teams exploited a bug in the game in order to gain an advantage over their opponents,” Valve said. “It is unfortunate and frustrating that we did not respond to this bug sooner.

“But bugs are the reality of software—and until they are resolved, we need to be able to trust players and coaches. At a minimum, we expect that players and coaches will play by the rules, and immediately pause the match and alert tournament admins if they know of an issue that may give them (or an opponent) an unfair advantage.”

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The punishment handed down by Valve.

Any teams that were disqualified for exploiting the coaching bug, are to have their RMR points reset, a massive blow for teams hoping to qualify for the next Major – whenever it may be.

So far, a handful of top coaches have been found guilty of exploiting the bug, including Heroic’s Hunden, MiBR’s Dead, and MechanoGun of Hard Legion. These coaches were banned from ESL competitions for varying lengths of time for 6, 12 and 24 months respectively.

This scandal has also threatened the careers of other coaches, as Valve concludes their statement by saying: “Mid-match coaching will always be a tempting opportunity for some teams to violate the integrity of the match. So we may also consider limitations to coaching.”

This was a fear among coaches when the scandal broke, as Valve – who have shown reluctance about the very involved roles of coaches before – could take further action to mitigate possible cheating in future.


How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 10:16

by Andrew Amos


The IEM Global Challenge is going to be one massive CS:GO event to cap off the year. While it’s not quite making the long-awaited return to offline events, it’s got the  best teams from NA and Europe. We’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

While IEM Global Challenge was meant to be on LAN, it’s not quite there yet. Nevertheless, the IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188