The BLAST Premier Fall Series tournament organizer is letting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans know that it is addressing the coaching bug scandal.
Tournament organiser BLAST has introduced new rules aimed at Counter-Strike coaches to uphold competitive integrity in the wake of the spectator bug scandal. BLAST’s esports operations manager, Robert Mulgan, tweeted out two new rules that will come into force for online matches.
Over the weekend we shipped two changes to the @BLASTPremier rulebook, we now require all coaches to stream their perspective to our discord as well as have MOss running on their PC during all games.
MOss will provide us with screenshots and logs of their PC during live games pic.twitter.com/mszZOWSFa7
— Rob (@Mulgan95) October 26, 2020
All coaches must now stream their POV into a dedicated Discord channel provided by the tournament organisers. Coaches must also have MOss, an anti-cheat software, running in the background to secure screenshots and record logs during live games.
After the Esports Integrity Commission uncovered the prevalent usage of the unfair coaching exploit, many CSGO organizations have opted to keep the coaches who were caught previously taking advantage of the bug. BLAST is hoping that its new rules will ensure that the bug doesn’t see further use in professional play.
“Although this isn’t a perfect system, it’s a fantastic step forward in improving the integrity of online games,” BLAST Esports Operations Manager Robert Mulgan tweeted.
Valve patched the spectator bug as soon as its effects were made public. Now, BLAST is taking the next step to make sure that the coaching exploit is never seen in its tournaments. It’s a change other tournament organizers could make as well.
The MOss Anti-cheat software will constantly be monitoring the coach’s PC, taking random screenshots throughout the match. It’s been active since 2010 but was never required in this type of professional setting until now. This will ensure that coaches can’t make use of any glitches in the game, since the TO will be closely keeping an eye on their perspective.
These new rules come at the perfect time as the BLAST Premier Fall Series began October 16. . BLAST’s decision to rewrite the tournament rules should ease some viewers’ concerns about the integrity of the competition.