Valve are reportedly clamping down on the role coaches play in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, according to communications received by coaches from the ESL.
Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa, owner and coach of Team Selfless, tweeted this morning about the change.
“VALVE IS CHANGING THE RULES ON COACHING IN CS:GO,” one tweet read. “RIP COACHES.”
Another included the correspondence from the ESL, which hasn’t been independently verified by Orbytl:
Valve’s concerns seem to indicate that coaches–separate from so-called In Game Leaders–can serve as a sixth player, rather than someone making decisions from the sideline. (An example of that can be found detailed here.)
Ryu and others are showing their frustration with Valve by taking to social media: In particular, there is frustration about how poorly managed CS:GO is compared to, say, Dota 2.
“They showcase how well they can do with a game they care about at The International, then come back to CS:GO and drop shit all over us,” Ryu vents.