MIBR CS:GO team manager and coach slapped with bans. ESL, Beyond the Summit and the Esports Integrity Commission have lifted three different bans this week against MIBR team manager and coach Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia on the suspected use of a spectator bug for a tactical advantage inside the Counter-Strike : Global Offensive during two matches in April and June.
ESL barred dead from coaching or playing in ESL tournaments for six months on Monday. ESL also suspended Heroic coach Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen for 12 months and Hard Legion coach Aleksandr “MechanoGun” Bogatiryev for 24 months for using the same bug during the ES L One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Spring events.
Beyond the Summit, the organizer for cs_summit, banned dead from coaching or competing in the next two Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments they host.
The firm reports that dead knowingly used the bug for a competitive advantage in a match versus Triumph in cs_summit 6 in June after he discovered it and used it twice – once where he asked for a timeout, disconnected and reconnected to resolve it during the Road to Rio event in April and May.
MIBR have been retroactively disqualified from both the ESL One: Road to Rio and cs_summit 6 events, with the prize money of $4,500 total and ESL Pro Tour points revoked.
The allegations of cheating surfaced after footage for several online events, including Road to Rio and cs_summit, were combed through by freelance Counter-Strike referee Michal Slowinski, who is the head referee for ESL One and Beyond the Summit events.
Dead denied the allegations of cheating, in a series of Twitter posts. MIBR have suspended dead and will be conducting their own internal investigation after the ESL allegations.
“Within the last hour we were made aware of allegations against our team manager Ricardo Sinigaglia violating the competitive integrity of ESL One: Road to Rio,” MIBR said. “We take any allegations of competitive impropriety very seriously and will be suspending Ricardo, effectively immediately, while [we] investigate the claims. We will provide further comment pending the outcome of our investigation.”