Following its inquiry into ‘historical abuse of a bug in CS: GO’s spectator mode,’ the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has levied fines against ’37 offending parties.’
The discoverer of the wrongful use of this exploit, ESIC, having hired the services of Michal Slowinski, reported that it has reviewed 20 percent of the total demonstrations available for analysis, which the integrity body considers ‘likely to constitute the most important cases of violence.’
The study found that “only 0.1% of the total demos available for analysis (99,650) returned a positive indicator of Spectator Bug abuse at the date of this comment.”
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, as far back as 2017, the spectator bug had previously been referred to administrators in separate non-ESIC member tournaments.