A total of 37 coaches involved in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) have been banned.
What was the bug?
As with any game when updates happen, glitches are inevitable.
“We love this game. So we have to take care of the game and the community,” Frankie says.
“And that means that when you see something that is not right, or not good for competitive integrity, you have to report it and try and get it changed.”
In Frankie’s opinion, the fact that many of the coaches involved were from top-level teams means they would’ve known they were unfairly gaining an advantage.
“A tournament admin – like a referee during the matches – started an investigation to just double check that coaches had not been using the bug that had been reported elsewhere,” she adds.
“He discovered a couple of incidents where it had definitely been used, with some quite high profile coaches.
“They didn’t do the right thing and report it at the time”.
That investigation’s still ongoing, meaning more bans could be issued.
But FaZe Clan – one of the teams involved – say they stand by their coach Robert Dahlstrom, who was accused of exploiting the bug.
We stand behind Robert. Upholding the integrity of competition means everything to us & we're glad an issue he brought up 3 years ago is finally being addressed, but his ban is entirely unwarranted given the facts. We’re disappointed in the process that led to this conclusion. https://t.co/HlXDoztfoE— #FaZeUp (@FaZeUpdate) September 28, 2020
In a statement he published about the ban, Robert Dahlstrom denied using the glitch to his advantage when he discovered it in 2017, writing: “I felt like the most fair decision was to mute my mic and not provide any info to my team”.
He said he flagged it to the admin after noticing it for the second time, and “doesn’t think” he saw it again after that.
“I did not ask for this advantage and tried to get rid of this view before the match started.”