Former Na’Vi IGL Reveals They Were Approached for High-Value CSGO Matchfixing
A recent interview of former Natus Vincere CSGO IGL (In Game Leader) Denis “seized” Kostin by Zeus has revealed how much players have been offered to throw matches at big events such as a CSGO Major.
According to the former captain, the most he had been offered to throw a match was $20,000 per player, so about $100,000 for an entire team, to throw a match at a CSGO Major. The player denies having ever taken the offer or even gotten to the point of negotiating this price, as he refused upfront every time.
Seized Rejected Offers of CSGO Matchfixing
“If we speak about serious offers and not those just for fun, then twice,” Seized told Zues in the interview around the 1:23:00 mark. “We didn’t even get to the point of discussing it (the offered price). I always refused at the very beginning.”
The player did not elaborate on who was offering him these deals, but presumably these were folks looking to profit huge off the large gambling handles during CSGO Majors.
Of course, this $20,000 price tag for fixing a match is ultimately moot – any serious player would scoff at such an amount, not only because it’s cheap for something so risky, but because they could end their career. Not only that, but the amount offered by Valve for just outright winning the event is far greater.
“It’s stupid to do it at Major as you can win,” Zeus pointed out in his response.
Additionally, Siezed had some intel on the Dota 2 scene as well, saying that in a tier three game in China, players make as little as $500 for fixing a match.
Why Is This a Big Deal?
A player being able to speak at length about match-fixing offers such as this is significant as it’s something that’s not often discussed. Though Seized didn’t specify there where and when of these offers, or if it was a long time ago, it’s still a pretty big discovery as it confirms that there were indeed match-fixers active in CSGO at some point in the past.
While players, like the iBuyPower team, did get banned for such instances, that was at a small scale event and not at a Major. The fact that these match-fixers were so brazen as to ask a major team like Na’Vi to fix a match at a CSGO Major means that they were not afraid of the consequences of being caught, even at such a high profile event.
That means they were either ignorant to the consequences of match-fixing in CSGO, or simply would have disappeared into the night if Na’Vi or another team had been caught. Of course, if this happened today, there are several mechanisms for detecting and determining if a team is match-fixing, including investigations by the Esports Integrity Coalition. It’s possible that this happened back during the skin gambling era of CSGO, which was much more of a wild west and produced huge match-fixing scandals.
That’s not to say that CSGO is immune to such scandal even today, however. Recently, seven players in the MDL were caught match-fixing, and the CSGO coaching scandal for abusing a bug also rocked the scene. The consequences of these two events still have yet to unfold, and if Valve doesn’t take a hard stance, it could embolden these folks to start coming back around. However, if it happened today, it’s possible that these match-fixers wouldn’t have access to the same kind of funds. After all, the era of CSGO skin gambling was what inflated the esports’ economy in the first place, and even modern gambling handles somewhat pale in comparison to the money being thrown around back then.