ESIC Receive Akuma CSGO Matchfixing Evidence, But Can’t Act On It

by in CS:GO | Jun, 9th 2021

Esports roster Akuma was accused of CSGO cheating, and the ESIC has now received matchfixing evidence. We discussed the situation recently, where 14 of the 16 RMR teams want them investigated for cheating. As of this morning, the ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) discussed it this morning in a post on Twitter. However, there’s one downside to this situation. While the ESIC would love to investigate, EPIC is not a member of the ESIC, so they can’t investigate the CIS RMR event that has got the CSGO community talking. As such, the ESIC has not taken any steps, but they have done the next best thing: they made a referral to Valve.

What Are The Accusations, What Can Be Done?

This was such an important event, as it gave teams in the CIS region a shot at the Stockholm Major. It’s huge for CSGO teams in general. We’re not going to deny a team coming out of nowhere, and demolishing the competition. But in this case, there are so many shady things going down. Allegations of cheating are serious business, especially when so many teams are seeing it.

The ESIC wouldn’t recommend an investigation on just any CSGO matchfixing, not without evidence. According to the initial letter, ESIC has seen “substantial evidence indicating the existence of potential betting fraud perpetrated by individuals participating or associated with those who were participating in the CIS RMR event run by EPIC.”

A Serious Moment for CSGO Esports

ESIC has reportedly identified the following through SBAN:

  • Betting and client information
  • Match and player behavior analysis data
  • Prior behavior data
  • Other relevant information

It all comes across as incredibly suspicious. Not that we’re discounting Akuma, but the odds of the newcomer team demolishing 2-0 are incredibly low. Somehow, this happened, and in peculiar circumstances, according to the teams at the event. ESIC also recommends that entries from Akuma (or teams with more than three current Akuma members) should not be accepted, until an investigation happens, or Valve makes a decision one way or another.

This is a moment in time that should be taken seriously. It’s unfortunate that ESIC cannot investigate this CSGO matchfixing evidence. They have no concrete evidence, but it’s still a circumstance that warrants looking into. As of right now, Valve has not made a comment as of this moment. As this story develops, we’ll come back to bring you the latest.

We have reached out to Valve for a comment and will update you with whatever we hear.


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