Video: The Most ICONIC Scandals, Bugs and Broken Updates in CS:GO History
CS:GO's history features some of the most scandalous and quite frankly hilarious moments across the gaming world and this is a tribute to some of the game's most ridiculous shocking and intriguing past. Considered one of the biggest controversies at the time, Fnatic's infamous Overpass boost is still debated to this day. Whether you think the boost was an amazing play that was engineered by the great CS:GO minds at Fnatic or whether you think the boost was completely illegal and unnecessary, you have to admit it made for a memorable Major.
Down 13-3 after the first 16 rounds, Fnatic finally made their three-man booth works as olofmeister secured two quick kills on the unsuspecting LDLC. Fnatic would continue to use and abuse the boost round after round for the rest of the game and it would eventually win them that map over LDLC. The big issue with this boost was actually that when using the boost, some textures would become invisible and that was what was against tournament rules. "They realized by getting from social media, that there is a texture bug. So a texture transparency from that spot where you can see almost down to the T-spawn, you can see what's called tunnel and in the rules that is not allowed." After a series of back-and-forth between the teams and the admins, it was eventually ruled that the entire map would be replayed. After the final decision, however, Fnatic forfeited that match and LDLC would go on to win their first Major championship.
Although it's impossible to know exactly when this lobby raider first appeared in the private lobbies of professional CS:GO players and tournaments around the world, what we do know is the incredible amount of craze this raider generated across the CS:GO community. Appearing in the private lobbies of even Valve sponsored events such as ESL One: Katowice 2015 and ESL One: Cologne 2015, this Raider gained notoriety within the community at a rapid pace. (Casting) In no time, this chiken had a booming social media following and so many fake accounts imitating him that it would become almost impossible to keep track of the real one. This lobby raider gained so much popularity so fast that he even held an AMA with almost 500 comments and over 1600 upvotes. There are several theories about the identity of this anonymous lobby raider, with the most popular being that this is a character creation of the Youtuber Failu, especially considering his video contribution to the chiken craze.
But I guess there's no real way to tell for sure. Like all things, however, this character/meme would eventually fade into obscurity, but we'll never forget that time when no one was safe from the chiken. Valve's Christmas gift to the CS:GO community, the R8 update. The R8 update was, at the time, probably the most game breaking update in the history of CS:GO. Not only was the R8 the most powerful pistol on release, it was hands down the most powerful gun in the game. Although there were so many things wrong about the R8 on release, the damage model was hands-down the most broken. The gun had an extremely high base damage of 115 which meant you could kill an enemy with one shot to the chest. But not only that it came with a million bugs. Not only could you waste ammo during freeze time, you could hold both the left and right mouse buttons to get the accuracy of a channeled mouse one, but the speed of a mouse two shot. Not only that, players could defuse the bomb and right-click opponents at the exact same time.
Needless to say, the community was outraged and tournament organizers such as ESL refused to play on the new update. With the entire wrath of the community at its doors, Valve nerfed the R8 in a blog post entitled damage control. The nerfs were significant enough that less and less players began using the R8 over time, and although the R8 is hardly ever used now, there was a point in time when the R8 outdid every other gun. The infamous Train bug, aka the bird boost. In December of 2014, Train was reintroduced to CS:GO and it came with a complete facelift. This was significant because it was the first time in the game's history where a map that was already in the game would receive a complete overall signaling more of that to come in the future. Building the map from the ground up, the new de_train was stunningly beautiful, but valve included a critical mistake.
It would only take a couple of hours before the community would learn of the bird boost. With all the changes that Valve had made to the map, a new addition was the spawning of pigeons every couple of rounds down by ivy. The big issue was that these pigeons had hit boxes that players could use to jump on top of and then enter the map with. The game breaking part of this bug, was that, if used properly, it would allow clear vision down into the A bomb site for the player outside of the map, giving them an extreme unfair advantage. The bird boost was not long-lived however as Valve quickly got rid of the bug and set up this mural in memory of this hilarious moment Considered the worst tournament ever held in the history of CS:GO, 2015's Gaming Paradise was anything but. To start things off, the tournament itself began with a 12 hour delay in which the tournament organizers explained the delay was due to a road driver who allegedly went missing with the computers needed to run the tournament.
Replacement computers were eventually brought in, but they apparently were not up to par and would drop frames and net less than 100 frames per second in smokes. It gets worse. Police eventually arrived at the players' hotels and confiscated their passports because, as it turns out, the organizers had not paid for those hotel rooms. The passports were later returned to the players once the police were able to confirm that the rooms were in fact booked by the organizers and not the players or teams. The story continues with the tournament organizers eventually drafting up a new contract that stated that the players would be receiving their prize money by completing their games. But to no one's surprise G2, who acquired the Kinguin lineup that won the tournament, released a statement later that year which made it clear that the team was not to receive any of the money that they were promised.
A fittingly horrendous end to a terrible tournament. "And we found this new site called CS:GO lotto." For better or worse CS:GO and the gambling market has been in an intricate love affair since skins were first released in the arms deal update back in 2013. Many would even say that weapon skins are the reason why the game is so popular. Although it can be said that the gambling scandals first began with former CS:GO player and now popular streamer Mohamad "m0E" Assad versus CS:GO diamonds, the gambling scandals actually really exploded when a Youtuber by the name of Honour the Call made a video providing evidence that popular Call of Duty Youtubers TmarTn and ProSyndicate have promoted and gambled on CS:GO lotto without disclosing the fact that they were owners of that website.
Through this story, several other notable streamers and prominent personalities were dragged into the forefront and the community began to seriously consider the legitimacy and morality of such websites. Valve's response came in July, when it released an announcement stating that they had no business relationships with any of the gambling websites and that it would send out notices to cease operations. Valve followed through shortly after, with said letter and the letter requested the immediate cease and desist of a long list of popular gambling websites such as CS:GO Lotto, CS:GO Wild, CS:GO Diamonds, and most notably CS:GO lounge. The gambling crackdown had some stating that this was the end of CS:GO's competitive scene and viewership, but the CS:GO community held strong and were able to set new viewership records during the ELEAGUE Major. "l I don't even care, we're all on adderall. Like I don't even give a f–k." CS:GO's doping scandal exploded mid 2015, when former Cloud9 member Semphis admitted that he and the entire C9 lineup at ESL One Katowice were on adderall.
These remarks sparked a world of controversy about the use of drugs in esports and ESL responded quickly, teaming up with the NADA to run their first anti PED drug test for ESL One: Cologne of that year. When Cologne ended, ESL released an article detailing the immense success of the event along with news that the random PED testing held during the event came back negative, successfully putting an end to the biggest drug scandal in CS:GO history. Near the end of 2014, a German pro player SMN was first caught cheating through the ESEA client. Valve and ESEA then quickly worked together to help update the Valve anti-cheat system and it was able to detect and ban SMN of Team Alternate Sf of Epsilon and most notably Titan's very own KQLY. (Casting) KQLY soon after the VAC ban came clean, stating that he had in fact used the cheat for a week. Following these VAC bans came an extreme witch hunt. "I know that a couple of my teammates are convinced that..
.they think they cheat." The man most affected by this witch hunt was flusha of Fnatic. As several videos accusing the Swede of cheating became more and more popular over the Internet. flusha defended his stance stating that he had never cheated and that he will never cheat explaining that his unique playstyle and tendency to lift his mouse a lot more than other pros as some of the explanations for the community suspicions. Although the witch hunt would die down eventually as time past, speculations and suspicions of pro players cheating still continue to this day. A mistake that would change the lives of all the members involved, the iBUYPOWER match-fixing scandal is probably the biggest esports scandal of all time. On August 20th of 2014, two North American teams iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com were set to face off in an online match for the fifth season of CEVO's professional league.
iBUYPOWER were heavily favored in this matchup, but were blown out 4-16. When the match ended there was some speculation that the match was thrown by iBUYPOWER, but it was quickly brushed aside as just rumors. The story then later resurfaced when veteran esports journalist Richard Lewis brought to light new evidence in January of 2015. The new evidence provided by Richard Lewis was incriminating text messages by Derek "dboorN" Boorn to his former girlfriend. The text explicitly said that quote they really did throw that match and I bet for them on alternate accounts end quote. The rest is as they say history, as Valve put their foot down on the people involved through a blog post entitled integrity and fair play in January of 2015. Although at the time the bans were indefinite, Valve in their 2016 blog post entitled "A follow-up on integrity and fair play" confirmed that the bans would be in fact permanent.
Looking at the topic as a whole, we have to trace it back to Canada's own Northern Arena where IMT's HEN1 was found not wearing his headphones for the first two rounds of their final map against Cloud9. This event sparked a slew of controversy around the importance of headgear regulation and competitive play. Fast forward about a month or so and sean gares tweets out the following Tweet. quote there needs to be rules on hazard events without booths. You should never be able to see a player's ear end quote. This tweet stirred up a relevant conversation about whether hats or headgear in some way reduce the effectiveness of noise canceling headphones on the players heads. Although no firm conclusion could be made about whether headgear was in fact obtrusive to the noise canceling headphones or whether pro players could use that to an advantage, the fact that the topic itself was generating unnecessary controversy around fair play became an issue.
The response was swift as ESL made an official rule ahead of its pro league finals that headgear such as beanies would not be allowed to be worn. This trend continued on to the recent ELEAGUE Major qualifiers and even the ELEAGUE Major itself and it will most likely continue on for the foreseeable future. And that's the list. Please let us know in the comments below if you felt like we might have missed anything and make sure to hit that like button and subscribe for more CS:GO content..