Following his ban for CS: GO coaching bug exploit, CIS team Hard Legion has sacked its CS: GO head coach Alexander “MechanoGun” Bogatyrev.
This was announced by the organization announced on Tuesday after MechanoGun was suspended for two years for the act.
After veteran esports referee Michal Slowinski conducted an investigation, MechanoGun became one of the coaches banned by ESL and DreamHack.
The investigation revealed a proof that MechanoGun, HUNDEN, and Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia from Heroic and MIBR had exploited a spectating coach bug at ESL One: Road to Rio or DreamHack Masters Spring Europe. The two tournaments were played between April and June.
The coaches used the bugs to become a spectator anywhere on the map. MechanoGun’s suspension was the most severe because he abused the bug in six maps. He has therefore been banned from coaching or playing.
Hard Legion had to fire him as they found it difficult to believe that he would be involved in such acts. The organisation decided after conducting a personal investigation to verify ESL’s findings.
After establishing the facts, Hard Legion said the results of internal discussions showed that the punishment meted unto the coach by the ESL was fair.
Hard Legion in a statement further expressed its concerns that its players were conspiring with MechanoGun. It, however, said that it believed that MechanoGun didn’t inform any of the players that he had such an advantage.
While stating that the players continued to play fairly as the coach’s hints turned out to be accurate, the organisation said non of its players would be sanctioned.
Slowinski also took to Twitter to reveal that Erik Akimov, Hard Legion’s assistant coach, was also involved in the act. According to him, AKIMOV cheated with the coaching bug at Eden Arena: Malta Vibes Cup three in July.
The esports referee further expressed surprise that players failed to realize that something was wrong because it was done in at least ten full maps.