ESIC in one of its official statements confirmed that it was investigating an issue that had been present in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene for about 18 months.
According to them, this was “a serious problem for the industry” and the community may be pleased that the investigation has paid off. 7 players received 12-month bans for professional competition in the game.
Who was blocked and what do we know from the ESIC report?
From the ESIC report, we can learn that this is certainly not the end of the matter. Investigations are ongoing in Australia and North America.
As a result of a joint investigation by ESIC and ESEA, ESIC discovered that seven current CSGO pros playing for MDL Australia placed bets on MDL matches while taking part in them.
Some of these people were betting on the matches they were playing themselves.
In addition, ESIC identified several associates of the offending sites who also participated in betting related to the matches played. In some cases, associates placing bets reflected identical bets as those placed by the Offending Parties.
The seven CSGO banned players violated Article 2.2 of the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code as well as the ESEA’s permanent rules for MDL tournaments.
ESIC and ESEA sanctioned all involved CSGO players with 12-month bans from all competitive tournaments and events organized or promoted by ESIC members. This includes ESEA, ESL, DreamHack, WePlay, BLAST, and more.
Due to the nature of these crimes, ESIC also referred the case to law enforcement. This referral is related to a violation of the Australian Criminal Code.
Full list of blocked players:
- Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [currently playing as “stvn”]
- Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
- Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
- Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster)
- Damian “JD / The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
- Carlos „Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
- Joshua “jhd” Hough-Devine (Rooster 2)
ESIC concluded its report with a message to the wider CSGO community:
It is extremely important that professional gamers refrain from placing bets on the game they derive their income from in order to preserve the integrity of the esports world on the international stage and to mitigate the possibility of our sport being used by bad actors. with bad intentions – editorial note)
Recently, the CSGO esports scene has been going through quite difficult times. Let us remind you that a month and a half ago we informed about another wave of bans for dishonest coaches.