Valve ignores ESIC's proposed new coaching ban system

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has announced on its official website a recalculation of the current system for issuing bans, which should allow for more fair punishments for abusing the coaching bug. The Commission's press release notes that Valve ignored this change and upheld the Major bans previously issued to some coaches.

Initially, ESIC determined the period of suspension based on "demerit points" that were calculated depending on the number of matches and rounds in which coaches used the spectator mode bug. Once the points were applied, the Commission took into account a frank confession of the coaches and their assistance in the investigation as a mitigating factor.

Valve issued bans to coaches based on ESIC's initial calculations, ignoring mitigating factors. Thus, a number of coaches were disqualified for a period ranging from one Major to a lifetime ban from taking part in Majors, which, according to the Commission, is unfair.

As a result, ESIC has reconsidered the previously issued bans and in the future will take into account mitigating circumstances along with the number of rounds in which the bug was used. The company turned to Valve with a request to also change the length of previously issued disqualifications, but the CS:GO developer ignored this proposal.

ESIC added that the change in the banning policy came as a result of a successful appeal by Brazilian coaches Alessandro "Apoka" Marcucci and Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira.