The professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is angry with Valve's decision to crack down on rules regarding coach behavior during tournaments.
In January of this year, Valve responded to the coach spectator bug by making tournament regulations stricter for coaches. The bug allowed coaches to see enemy movement around the map, giving their team unfair intel. Valve stated at the time that coaches would no longer be able to communicate with players at events. They wouldn't even be able to join the match to help the team.
At the time, Astralis coach Danny Sorensen called it a "sad day for CSGO." And it's looking like it's about to get even stricter.
On October 29, Sorensen shared screenshots from a TO outlining new "stricter rules" for coaches. Now, Counter-Strike coaches can't touch players at all. They also can't shout and "have to be quiet" or coaches will be asked to leave the tournament.
This new rule was seen as a gross overstep of regulations by the majority of the esports community. A lot of Rainbow 6 professionals called the new rules "overkill." Another pointed out that a coach yelling out "YES" shouldn't lead to any trouble. In most traditional sports, others noted, yelling and shouting is part of the atmosphere and very common for coaches.
"Full teams 'bout to be disqualified cuz their coach got too excited and yelled 'nice job!' Oh fuck my bad," Jaryd "Summit1g" Lazar responded.
While a lot of esports professionals felt Valve was getting far too strict with these new regulations, others noted the logic behind the update.
Said Esports Referee Michael Slowinski: "I get the general outcry with this recent addition from Valve, but let's be real. This is not about emotions. This is about integrity. I know this is going to be a bit controversial but I kinda understand where they are coming from and I think it was coming, thanks to the coach bug."
While not the "perfect solution," Slowinski expressed that Valve had to do something to fix the "integrity issue" in CSGO. He said that coaches "roaming the stage" and "shouting whatever they wanted" was not a good look for the pro scene. To combat this, Slowinski agreed that something drastic had to be done to eliminate any possibility of cheating.
"How are you supposed to determine if certain gestures, words or whatever are not some sort of strategy signals? How are referees supposed to know what nice is in every possible language? It's impossible to police so you either allow it all or completely remove that aspect of the game," Slowinski explained.
CSGO fans and professionals alike didn't seem to agree. They called it "stupid," noting that coaches needed to to be able to do their job and help their team. An esports journalist pointed to the early CSGO days when LAN events were loud and "filled with the most passionate people ever." Would yelling and a fist bump really give one team an advantage?
But a few agreed with Slowinski, saying that coaches sort of had it coming for using the bug in the first place.
Valve has not made any official statement as the debate over the new regulations continue on Twitter and beyond.
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