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Valve issues punishments to CSGO teams for exploiting coaching bug

Published: 9/Sep/2020 17:57

by Calum Patterson

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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.

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S1mple & dev1ce hit out at Twitch and YouTube over CSGO scam streams

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:30 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 17:17

by Marco Rizzo

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Professional CSGO players Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz have spoken out on the lack of measures against fake skin giveaway scammers on Twitch and Youtube. 

Scammers of CSGO personalities such as Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, s1mple and dev1ce have been roaming around streaming platforms with little consequence for a while. The problem reached new heights in late 2019, when s1mple initially started to comment on the situation.

The issue of fake streams has started to resurface again, and unsuspecting fans are being cheated out of their Steam inventories. 

On October 27, the Ukrainian shared an email from a fan expressing their disappointment in having his CSGO inventory stolen after falling prey to a scammer impersonating s1mple on Twitch.

Astralis player Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz also voiced his unhappiness with the lack of action from Youtube, referencing his own problems with impersonators on the Google platform. 

The way these scammers operate is relatively straight-foward: they create an account pretending to be a famous personality or pro player and use old footage to simulate a live stream. They will then provide links to websites claiming to give free prizes, instead they ask for login details and sometimes more. Richard Lewis has previously covered the issue on Dexerto. 

S1mple has pointed this issue out multiple times over the last eight months, however it seems that Twitch is unable or unwilling to deal with the growing problem on their platform. 

Just a couple of days ago, fake streams of shroud and s1mple appeared on the Amazon-owned platform with upwards of 20,000 viewers. These fake streams took over the CSGO section of twitch, claiming a higher percentage of viewers than the regional final of a major CS tournament. 

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CS:GO streams are popular targets, claiming to give away ‘free skins’.

While those accounts were eventually deleted, new ones have already taken their place. Twitch and Youtube have so far, failed to keep up with the problem of fake streams and this poses a risk to its users, with today’s one being the most recent example.