Six Players Arrested After CS:GO Match Fixing
Australian police have launched an investigation against six Counter-Strike players who purposely threw their matches in a pro CS:GO tournament.
Players of pro CS:GO teams purposely threw matches for financial gain.
Australia’s police force has made several arrests in this CS:GO match-fixing scandal. The convicted players claimed they were paid by a company to throw their matches. The company had placed large bets on match betting websites, already knowing they would win whatever they bet on.
The individuals arrested are now under investigation by Australia’s Victoria Police, who will put each player behind bars for up to 10 years if found guilty.
Authorities were alerted by a gambling website of a group of individuals they knew that took place in this scheme. Fixing the odds of a professional esport match is a serious crime. Match fixing directly affects the integrity of that game and gambling sites.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has seen multiple match-fixing scandals in its history. Most notoriously was the iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides match-fixing scandal. This was “the first large match-fixing scandal” that the CS:GO community had seen. This event became very well-known among players.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive countered the scandal with a now famous blog post titled, Integrity and Fair Play. This update clarified that five players involved in the scandal would be permanently banned from any Valve-sponsored events. Essentially killing off any pro CS:GO career that these talented players could have had.
iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides were both in on the scheme. They bet a total amount of $10,738.26 on a match betting site named CSGOLounge. This event marked the beginning of many match-fixing scandals in CS:GO.