Coaches were banned, Team victories were in doubt but Valve is yet to fix the CS: GO coaching bug months after the infamous controversy.
Remember the infamous CS:GO coaching bug? The same one that saw ESIC ban several coaches and Valve change the coaching rules for its events? The exploit still exists as of May 2021 according to former HellRaisers coach Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov.
The former coach posted a video where he could replicate the same coaching bug that caused a massive controversy last year. The coaching bug allows coaches to have an unrestricted view of a particular area on the map. This includes vision of the enemy team’s movement and their grenade usage.
In a competitive setting, this information can make or break games. Coaches from many teams used the coaching bug for several years before ESIC’s investigation last year. The investigation’s first findings found 37 coaches guilty of abusing the visual bug. The coaches received bans of varying durations depending on the number and type of them abusing the bug.
Valve kept silent, changed coaching rules but has not yet fixed the bug
The visual bug was existent in Counter-Strike Global Offensive for several years. While many coaches used the bug at times, some had also reported the bug to Valve. Needless to say, Valve’s inaction allowed the coaches to continue to abuse the bug for a competitive advantage.
However, despite ESIC’s findings last year, Valve has still not fixed the coaching abuse bug. Instead of fixing the CS: GO coaching bug, Valve disallowed coaches from being present in the same server and room as players during official matches.
During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.
Coaches will not be able to help their players any longer. They are also not allowed in the same room and booth as the players. This decision will affect some teams but Valve seems to be in no hurry to change the coaching rule. Despite the massive controversy that shook the CS:GO community to its core, the game developer is yet to fix the visual abuse bug.
Valve is yet to release any statement on the coaching bug that still exists with teams playing online RMR events.The PGL Stockholm Major is the only CSGO Major of 2021 and will feature a $2 million prize pool.