Four months after 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches were banned by the Esports Coalition Integrity Commission for exploiting the infamous coaching bug in online games, Valve has revealed it’s now sanctioning those found at fault.
In an update posted to the official CS:GO blog, Valve has ruled that those found exploiting the bug will be banned from attending Majors in the future. Valve uses a scaling table to show how this will be put into effect, but in short, coaches found to have two ESIC demerit points will be banned from one Major, coaches with three demerits will be banned from two Majors, and so on and so forth to six demerit points. It’s currently unknown which coaches are set to miss out just yet though, but those with six points will be barred from all future Majors.
In addition to the sanctions, Valve has also made some pretty big changes to the way coaches can communicate with their players during online Regional Major Ranking matches. Now, coaching staff will no longer be able to work with players during qualifying matches. This means coaches won’t be allowed in the same room as players or on the same server. They also won’t be allowed to communicate with their players at all during the course of the match.
That’s not all either. Since we’re now in 2021 and looking ahead to the first CS:GO Major in a year, Valve has decided to reset the RMR points. Sticker capsules celebrating the teams who would have made the Legends, Challenger, and Contenders stage of the ESL One Rio Major in 2020 have been released for the community, but ultimately, teams are going to have to work hard if they want to bag themselves a place at the PGL Stockholm Major.
Today we're shipping 2020 RMR team stickers, available now in Legends, Contenders, and Challengers capsules. We also have updates on 2021 RMR events and coaching: https://t.co/d7aOajgapF pic.twitter.com/QdOypVTQzI
— CS:GO (@CSGO) January 27, 2021
Legends teams now start 2021 with 600 RMR points, Champions with 300, and Contenders with 100. This should keep things fresh and ensure that only the top CS:GO teams this year find themselves at one of the biggest esports tournaments in the CS:GO calendar.
Valve is also now allowing teams to register a substitute player independently from their coaches, meaning some of the sixth man tactics we’ve witnessed in Blast tournaments could well be used on the big stage soon.