ESIC suspends 35 CS: GO gamers for up to 5 years for betting offenses in Australia|Dot Esports
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has actually found 35 individuals to be in breach of the organization’s Anti-Corruption Code throughout Australian member events, including offenses such as wagering on or against a player’s own team, the ESIC announced today.
The sanctions vary from a minimum of 12 months to an optimum of 60 months. 3 gamers– Matthew “Jam” Castro, Alvin “Gravinz” Changgra, and Wilson “willyKS” Sugianto– were hit with a five-year restriction. These gamers engaged in “aggravated betting versus [their own] group” for more than 10 matches, according to the ESIC’s Sanctions Matrix.
While the suspensions only obtain member events, consisting of premier tournament organizers such as ESL, DreamHack, and Blast, ESIC urged non-ESIC members to “honor these bans.”
In addition, ESIC’s examinations revealed the possibility of “collusive habits” from associates of certain involved players, placing identical bets to further profit from the scenario.
“While ESIC has no jurisdiction to handle these people, we have referred their behavior to police for examination as being potentially in breach of criminal law,” the company said.
The ESIC added that the investigation didn’t identify whether these offenses were match-fixing “at this moment.” The company stated that “particular focus” and partnership with relevant police authorities will be put on certain parties and “additional action” in addition to the handed sanctions remains a possibility.
“In specific, wagering against one’s own group in a match one is playing in generates a strong suspicion of match-fixing,” the ESIC stated.
The full list of prohibited gamers, along with the matrix utilized to determine their restriction lengths, can be found here.
While the ESIC’s newest statement worried the Australia region, the organization said it’s “currently carrying out other investigations” in other leagues found in North America and Europe, CS: GO and otherwise.