It is evident that with the rising popularity of eSports tournaments there are people who sought to benefit from it financially by placing bets or buying off players to manipulate matches. It is similar to any other sporting event where identical activities have players charged, banned and disgraced for life.
Sadly, a recent eSports match fixing scandal got eight people arrested and fined while another one is at large. According to a report by the Changwon Regional Prosecution Service, one top-class StarCraft 2 pro-gamer was fined $62,000 or 70,000,000 won for fixing a couple of matches.
He wasn’t alone, four brokers were charged for facilitation while two backers were charged with paying to facilitate this activity. Meanwhile, one person is charged with betting on the match. We also have one pro gamer charged $26,000 or 30,00,00 won for fixing a game.
Lastly, one person is currently at large and authorities are still looking for him.
11 individuals were indicted and eight got arrested. Two of them were fined and one, like I said, is still at large. The report was translated on TeamLiquid’s website, detailing the investigation.
- One top-class StarCraft 2 PROGAMER, a GSL champion and WCS runner-up in 2015, is charged with receiving70,000,000 won (approximately $62,000 USD) to manipulate two matches. Four BROKERS are charged with using personal relationships to solicit match-fixing. Two FINANCIAL BACKERS are charged with providing cash in compensation for match-fixing. One individual responsible for the placing of bets is also charged. These eight individuals have been indicted and arrested.
- One StarCraft 2 PROGAMER is charged with receiving 30,000,000 won to manipulate one match, and later turned himself in to the authorities. One FINANCIAL BACKER is charged with providing compensation for the match-fixing; he has already been arrested in a previous case. One additional financial backer is currently at large.
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