ESIC officially acquits peacemaker of charges regarding coaching bug abuse
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has published a press release on its official website announcing that Imperial's coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu was proven innocent in the case of the spectator mode bug abuse on the competitive scene. Earlier, the Brazilian specialist himself unveiled the final decision of the proceedings.
According to the information published, Tadeu provided the head of the Commission, Ian Smith, with evidence of his innocence, which he considered convincing enough to drop earlier charges of the deliberate use of the bug to obtain an unfair advantage. However, it was noted that the coach pleaded guilty for not reporting on the bug to the "relevant authorities" and accepted a temporary suspension from the competition, which includes suspension from the recent Major, as an appropriate punishment.
Separately, ESIC stated that Notices of Charge are not a charge or sanction against the participants. Thus, the Commission publicly warns of the threat to the integrity of the competition but does not oblige tournament operators, especially those that are not its partners, to comply with suspension decisions.
Besides Tadeu, 9z's coach Rafael "zakk" Fernandez and Sergey "hally" Shavaev, who now works with Team Spirit, were accused of abusing the coaching bug right before the start of PGL Major Antwerp 2022. All three were suspended by PGL from taking part in the Major, despite the massive disapproval of such a decision in the CS:GO community.
ESIC continues investigating the cases of the spectator mode bug abuse at the pro level. The investigation features a total of 97 coaches.