ESIC Bans 35 CSGO Players for Betting Offenses in Australia
The ESIC is a watchdog group that looks after the integrity of CSGO competitions and has in the past handed out quite a few bans or suspensions. In September, 37 coaches were banned for abusing a potent in-game bug. Today, we learned that the ESIC banned approximately 35 CSGO players for betting offenses through Australia’s gambling apps. The investigation is likely going on still with America and Europe, but we know that Australia has very strict anti-corruption laws for gambling. It’s something they take quite seriously, so these bans were handed out after a 24-month investigation.
Breach of the Anti-Corruption Code
In a statement made this morning, Jan. 22, the ESIC confirms that 35 players have been banned for breaking the Anti-Corruption Code. Of these, six have been sanctioned in the past as well (October 2020).
The bans are not permanent, though. The ban depends on the level of the sanction they received. It goes down like this:
- Betting on Matches (Level 1 Sanction): 12 Month Ban
- Betting on Own Matches (Level 2 Sanction): 24 Month Ban
- Aggravated Betting (>10 Matches) (Level 3 Sanction): 36 Month Ban
- Bet Against Team (Level 4 Sanction): 48 Month Ban
- Aggravated Betting Against Team (>10 Matches) (Level 5 Sanction): 60 Months
If you’d like to see the full list of players that have been banned, you can find it here. Worse still, the offenders have been referred to law enforcement because committing acts like this are most certainly against the law. The CSGO players banned in Australia by the ESIC could face some pretty serious charges for their folly.
For those who are banned, the ESIC points out that it goes across the following tournament series. “As per all investigations conducted by ESIC, our determinations have an effect across all of our membership. This includes ESL, DreamHack, WePlay, BLAST, LVP, Nodwin, Eden, Relog, UCC, Allied, Kronoverse, Estars, and 247 Leagues. ESIC also requests that all non-ESIC member tournament organizers honor these bans.”
These players were in breach of Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code and ESEA’s MDL tournament rules. It’s ridiculous that there should be this many people banned. Not that they don’t deserve it, but so many people not observing the tournaments’ rules in the first place. So if you’re upset that only Australians are banned, don’t worry – the other offending players in other regions are going to get what’s coming to them.
It wasn’t enough to gamble. Some of the players were making identical bans, which made it seem like collusion on top of betting on/against their team. The ESIC also made the players aware of the charges against them and the appeal mechanisms they had at their disposal. The ESIC hands out quite a few bans a few times a year, it seems, so you’d think that by now, people would learn their lessons. For now, we’ve got 35 players in Australia banned by the ESIC for betting/betting infractions. We’ll keep our eyes open for other bans. As they come, we’ll keep you informed! So stay tuned to Esports Talk for the latest on CSGO news.