ESIC and ESEA Found Seven Cases of Misconduct in the CSGO MDL


by in CS:GO | Oct, 23rd 2020

I know it’s pretty shocking to read “CSGO match-fixing” these days, but it’s very real. For a scene that some think is dying, there’s plenty of controversies to go around. We’ve got word today that an investigation by the ESIC and ESEA led to discovering seven cases of misconduct during the CSGO MDL (Mountain Dew League). Seven players have been found guilty of placing wagers on MDL matches, as well as other official matches. 

What have we learned about this situation?

Breach of the Anti-Corruption Code


In a rational world, we wouldn’t need things like an Anti-Corruption code. In that world, esports players and traditional athletes would not bet against themselves and then throw a match for profit. The players in question are a part of the CSGO MDL Australia and were the ones placing wagers on the matches according to the joint statement by the ESIC and ESEA.

In the official statement, the ESIC and ESEA had this to say:

“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 a result, the offending parties have all been banned for 12 months, instead of a permanent ban, which does surprise us. However, those who were banned for match-fixing cannot compete in any CSGO event by the ESIC for that period, according to the ESEA – MDL or otherwise. That means no ESL, DreamHack, WePlay!, BLAST, NODWIN Gaming, LVP, Eden Esports, or Esports events. The governing body has also asked tournament operators not in that group to also honor the ruling. 

The ESIC has also said the following regards to the decision:

“Without a unified understanding of the implications of inappropriate betting behaviour and observance of anti-corruption mechanisms (such as the Anti-Corruption Code), esports runs the risk of facilitating attractive fraud opportunities for bad actors. It is crucially important that professional players (at the very least) abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from in order to preserve the integrity of the esports landscape internationally.”

We genuinely wish this surprised us. But at this point, it seems to be becoming commonplace in the CSGO scene (again). There are also legal implications, due to the betting offenses. So the ESIC has also notified the appropriate law enforcement of the findings, so the people who were trying to cheat and game the system for personal wealth are likely going to find themselves in hot water.  The ESIC is a pretty sound fact-finding organization, too. 

We covered recently how they found 37 coaches in the CSGO scene cheating and doled out punishments. It’s almost like people shouldn’t try and cheat in serious, competitive scenes – or just not cheat in general. It’s also important to note that the ESIC is maintaining 15 other investigations that are, to them, of significant concern in the esports scene. We have a feeling that, before too long, we’ll have an update on even more parties going out of their way to cheat. It’s unfortunate that teams chose to participate in match-fixing during the CSGO MDL, but the ESEA and ESIC almost always seem to catch them.

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