Just last month, the Esports Integrity Commission announced it was banning 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches after a cross-party investigation found them guilty of using the now infamous coaching spectator bug. However, one of those coaches, Sergey ‘lmbt’ Bezhanov, has been cleared of all wrongdoing and given the green light to coach again.
The ForZe coach had originally been banned for seven and a half months following the initial investigation, but that’s now been lifted as of today following a successful appeal. The coach was accused of using the bug in four different games, one of which was when he was coaching HellRaisers five years ago.
However, in information provided to HLTV, ESIC has confirmed it has lifted lmbt’s ban after it was determined he was doing on-air work for the MIBR series, and that he disconnected from the other two matches when he got the bug and reported this to an on-site admin.
“It was a super hard month for me and my team and obv I lost a lot of nerves, but now my name is clean, and I’m happy with that,” lmbt says on Twitter following the appeal. He’ll now be able to coach forZe for the remainder of IEM New York, a Regional Major Ranking tournament, where the team will look to take wins away from matchups against Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro.
We haven’t yet heard if ESIC is looking into other appeals, but given there are others like FaZe-backed Robert ‘RobbaN’ Dahlström who are unhappy with their bans, expect to hear more in the near future.