Valve kills coaching

Phillip Rasmussen
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No, you read that right. Valve has effectively forbidden coaching in all of the Regional Major Ranking events with a single line in their recent blog post. It's like breaking up over a text, but with the potential to kill a bunch of careers.

"During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server."

What's that you ask? Oh just the sound of zews losing his marbles.

Coaches can't be on the server, must not communicate with the team during games and can't even be in the room during online matches.

Deja vu? We'll let you decide, but in 2016 Valve said a lot of the same things. We guess the coaches didn't know the esports casters' golden rule.

Is Valve in the right, are they hypocritical, or do you have a third opinion? We'd love to hear from you. Hit reply on this email and we might give you some talking time in the next edition.

Oh hey and a shower-thought: Why are coaches being banned for finite amount of times for cheating in pro games, while Jamppi got banned for literal infinity for download h4x at 13? Something to ponder.

Someone released a bunch of stickers as well, but right now we just want to know what dev1ce thinks. Yeap, us too.

January 29, 2021

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