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pita and Rejin first coaches to admit using spectator bug in official games

The two are ready to accept the punishment that is coming their way.

Former Ninjas in Pyjamas coach, Faruk “pita” Pita and current mousesports coach, Allan “Rejin” Petersen have become the first two coaches to publically admit using the CS:GO spectator bug after the Esports Integrity Commission announced reduced punishments for those that come clean.

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Rejin has been suspended from mousesports. (Picture: StarLadder)

The scandal that is currently engulfing competitive CS:GO shows no sign of abating, a situation that was brought to light when, based off a tip-off, CS:GO referee Michael Slowinski began scouring past demos of official matches and discovered that at least three coaches had used the exploit.

The bug allowed the coaches to lock themselves in a certain position of the map. Most of the time, those positions were strategically important, giving coaches information that would have not normally been privy to.

in the initial investigation, Heroic’s Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen and MIBR’s Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia and Aleksandr "MechanoGun" Bogatiryev of Hard Legion were found to have been using the exploit. That investigation which was originally focused on ESL and their events has now widened under the auspices of the Esports Integrity Commission.

25,000 matches going back to 2016 will be checked for use of the exploit. Those found guilty will be handed bans that would affect their ability to work in almost all of the major CS:GO tournaments.

Coaches who know it is only a matter of time before their use of the exploit is uncovered have until 13th September to admit their guilt for the chance of receiving a more lenient punishment.

That clemency is now prompting coaches to do just that, with the former NiP coach, pita, admitting he “fucked up”. In his statement, he reveals he used it once during an official game in 2018 when NiP was playing against mousesports in ESL Pro League. He says that the outcome was irrelevant, as his team was already set to be relegated, while mouz had already qualified for the finals. 

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Pita (pictured) has admitted using the exploit. (Picture: DreamHack)

Pita states he is willing to take any punishment: “I accept any punishment handed out to me. I realize this will harm my reputation as a coach but I can’t undo things even though I would like to. I just have to accept this and admit my guilt. I’m sorry to everyone that I know and who knows me.” 

The case is more complicated with Rejin, as the Dane is still part of mousesports. What’s more, he didn’t use the exploit during his time with Mouz, but back in 2018, when he was coaching Tricked. Like Pita, he doesn’t hide his embarrassment.

“I will take my punishment and assume the consequences, only hoping that I can do my best to deserve a second chance in the future. I am truly sorry and I would like to apologize to the teams, all the fans out there, the whole community, Mousesports, the players, my family and friends. And last, Morten (CEO) from Tricked Esport.”

Rejin has been suspended from his role at the team. Mousesports have said that they will cooperate closely with the Esports Integrity Commission, and later on, further decisions will be made about Rejin's future with the organisation.

With how quickly the things have been changing, and for how long the bug seems to be in use, we can expect more coaches coming out in the upcoming days.

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