Report: Gambit Esports reinstate F_1N as head coach

Ivan F_1N Kochugov was reinstated as the head coach of Gambit Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, Dexerto reported on Friday.

The move comes on the heels of F_1N serving a 8.75-month suspension levied by the Esports Integrity Commission in September 2020. An investigation by the ESIC into the use of a spectator bug revealed widespread abuse and resulted in the suspension of 37 CS:GO coaches.

F_1N, a 37-year-old Russian, shuffled to the analyst role while Konstantin “groove” Pikiner guided Gambit Esports in his absence.

F_1N will serve as Gambit Esports’ coach when the Russian organization competes at ESL Pro League Season 14, which is slated to begin on Monday. Gambit is joined in Group D by Ninjas in Pyjamas, FURIA, Team Liquid, Team oNe and Entropiq.

F_1N, however, has been permanently banned by Valve as a result of the amount of times he used the bug.

–Field Level Media

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