Today we are witnessing the next stage of the so-called scandal with the coach bug. And all because of the Esports Integrity Commission, which, as a result of its investigation, imposed time bans on as many as 37 coaches who used the CS: GO error with the coach’s camera.
Among the punished was also Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström, who between February 2016 and January 2019 was responsible for the results of FaZe Clan. The Swede was also said to have used the bug, for which he was suspended for 5.5 months, but he does not agree with this sentence.
“First of all, I’d like to share my opinion, and I think many people will agree with me. Abusing a bug is quite different from finding yourself stuck with a bug you didn’t try to cause. If someone actually takes advantage of a bug for their benefit and provides the team with information, it is obviously a scam, something I did not do,” the 35-year-old admitted in a post he published .
The entire event took place on May 28, 2017 during Week 7 of Esports Championship Series Season 3, when FaZe faced Astralis. “I joined the server during the ECS match and immediately went into the coach’s slot and saw that my camera was stuck above the A plant on Train. I reconnected a couple of times but the camera was still there. Then the players joined and the game was about to start, so I thought everything would be back to normal after a restart, which always happens before the game starts. But nothing had changed and I was still stuck there, so I made a decision that I considered honorable. I told my team about the situation, then muted the microphone and remained silent throughout the map,” RobbaN explained. Interestingly, his team lost that map 1:16.
On the same day, the Swede’s squad was to be taken up by Danish rivals once more – and once again the Scandinavian coach experienced the bug against his will. “I immediately wrote directly to the admin saying that I had this error in the previous game and now it happened again. I clearly described the view I had. This time, however, after reconnecting to the server, everything worked properly. I guess it never happened to me again after that. I also told admins that they should take a look at it, because I was afraid that not everyone would play fair and that some would be able to use it. Yes, I have screenshots of this conversation saved,” Dahlström assured.
In this situation, despite ESIC’s information about the investigation that had just started, the 35-year-old felt calm and was not afraid of being among the punished. Nevertheless, the reality turned out to be completely different and now the Swede intends to fight to clear his name, despite the fact that he has not worked in training for nearly two years.
“Unfortunately some of you may still believe that I was using this bug. I’ve been part of the CS community for about 20 years and see myself as a truthful guy. And now my name was on one list with those who really abused the bug and cheated, which made me sick. I feel like I am being punished for something I have not done, which should be obvious in my case,” RobbaN concluded his argument.
At the moment, however, the representatives of ESIC did not speak about his case.