15 Match Fixing Investigations Pending for CSGO ESEA MDL

by in CS:GO | Sep, 3rd 2020

CSGO can’t seem to escape match-fixing allegations, can it? The scene just can’t seem to stave off the stink of cheating, and this week is no exception. The ESIC (Esports Integrity Coalition) has issued a statement about an investigation that’s been underway about match-fixing in CSGO. In particular, there are fifteen ongoing investigations! This has been underway for the past 18 months. Even this year, we’ve had several instances coming out of Australia, and that’s the tip of the iceberg. Then of course there’s the IBUYPOWER North American scandal.

When will the CSGO scene smarten up and realize this sort of thing is disgusting and makes all of esports look bad? Heck, there was even a tournament that looked to exist, only for the benefit of match fixing.

Suspicious Activity of Significant Concern

These CSGO match fixing investigations are serious and require, according to the ESIC “significant cooperation between a variety of international stakeholders comprosising of betting operators, government bodies, law enforcement agencies and industry stakeholders”. 

The following is an overview made by the ESIC on the CSGO MDL Match Fixing Investigation:

“Approximately eighteen months ago and on several occasions since, ESIC has received suspicious bet alerts through our global integrity monitoring framework which led us to establish an investigation into potential match-fixing activity in the MDL tournament series administered by one of our members, ESEA (a subsidiary operation of ESL). As we consider this matter to be of industry concern due to social media speculation, we have chosen to provide an update as we begin to finalise our investigation.”

We imagine that we are only just now hearing about the investigations, because they take a great deal of time. This is not something they can just peek at one or two logs over. Not to mention there’s the potential of criminal liability in issues like this. These investigations began when the ESIC saw suspicious bet alerts in their integrity monitoring framework, which works on a global scale. 

However, we likely will not see another update for about four weeks, due to potential complications within the investigation. Another question that has to be asked is, why does it seem like CSGO takes match fixing so lightly? Sure, when someone is caught, they’re permanently banned. But so many players seem to get caught up in the allure of money to be made by match fixing. Perhaps the players simply aren’t making enough money, so that extra, secret side cash is nice.

We’re glad that the ESIC are taking their CSGO match fixing investigations seriously, and hope that whoever is willfully destroying the integrity of the game are duly punished. Where do you stand though? Is match fixing just “not a big deal”? Is there anything that can be done to stop the wave of match fixing? Should the players just get paid what they’re worth? We’re looking forward to your thoughts on this latest CSGO scandal.


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