The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued sanctions against ‘37 offending parties’ following its investigation into the ‘historical abuse of a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode’.
Having contracted the services of Michal Slowinski, the discoverer of the wrongful use of this exploit, ESIC has confirmed that it has reviewed 20% of the total demos available for review, which the integrity body believes ‘likely comprise the most substantial cases of abuse’.
The research has found that ‘only 0.1% of the total demos available for review (99,650) have, as at the date of this statement, returned a positive indication of Spectator Bug abuse’.
Issuing a statement, ESIC explained: “We understand that these revelations have been tough for many people within the CS:GO community, but we believe it is in the long term best interests of the game and all of esports for integrity breaches to be dealt with head on.
“We know that most coaches, players, tournament organisers, publishers and developers, fans, sponsors and broadcasters want CS:GO and esports to be clean and a fair competition between players and teams doing their very best to win.
“We see our job as being to ensure that that happens and that corrupt and bad actors are rehabilitated or removed.”
Upon investigation, ESIC found evidence that the spectator bug had previously been referred to admins in various non-ESIC member tournaments as far back as 2017.