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Team Spirit criticizes ESIC: "They clung to the situation with coach bug because they are literally unable to solve real problems"

Team Spirit released a statement, commenting on the ESIC investigation uncovering bug abuse by its coach Sergey "Hally" Shavayev. The organization raised questions in the validity of investigation, timing of the release, and oversight of ESIC's actions.

According to Team Spirit, Hally used the bug in one round without knowing of its existence. They explained the fact that he didn't leave the server immediately by saying that he "wanted to watch the round unfold".

From the procedural perspective, neither Team Spirit nor hally know who the ESIC even are. We don't know who conducted this investigation and who made the decision on the punishment, who is this commissioner to whom ESIC refers in their letter. No one has introduced us to their code which they constantly refer to. No tournament operator uses their code as an official document at any of their tournaments.

It's also not clear to us where the power of these unknown people comes from. All this leads to disappointing consequences, namely the lack of the possibility of satisfaction. The only entity we can turn to to appeal the ESIC's decision is ESIC itself! Moreover, they literally offered hally a discount on the ban period if he just admits to all their charges without defending himself. By making this statement, we are giving up this amazing opportunity of a 25% discount on his punishment in order to try to influence the future of esports.

What has ESIC done for esports? They declare it their mission to fight for honesty and ethics in esports, but what have they really done? Have they somehow influenced the issues with fixed matches? Issues with cheaters? Issues with radar hack? No, they clung to the situation with CB because they are literally unable to solve real problems and they simply justify their existence by only attacking coaches who simply cannot defend themselves.

This is their only way to stay relevant in the industry because they are of no use in anything else. Pay attention also to when they made their investigation public. The video with the bug they sent us was uploaded on October 26th 2020! But now literally a week before the start of the Major, they accelerate the situation just to attract more attention to their “activities”. So maybe they even cheered for us at the RMR tournament.

ESIC announced first bans resulting from the new investigation on May 5. The organization will ban three coaches, who were going to participate in the PGL Major Antwerp 2022. According to OverDrive, the other two are Imperial’s peacemaker and zakk, who is coaching 9z Team.

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