CS:GO

24 Feb 2021

CSGO: 35 Players Banned For Gambling On Matches

The past six months have been busy for the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

The body designed to investigate all forms of cheating in esports has been at the forefront of maintaining the integrity of competition across a number of titles including popular first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

In October 2020, ESIC issued year-long suspensions to seven professional players for placing bets on matches and as January 2021 comes to an end, the commission has issued a new wave of sanctions for a total of 35 players ranging from a 12-month suspension to five years.

The bans come as part of ESIC’s investigation into ESEA competitions that have been taking place in Australia in recent months.

A full list of suspended players and the length of their bans can be found below:

  • Jeremy "motion" Lloyd – 12 months
  • Patrick "falcon" Romano De Sousa – 12 month
  • Jonathan "Del" Sackesen – 12 months
  • Grayson "vax" Uppington – 12 months
  • Aiden "meta" Wiringi Jones – 12 months
  • Kaito "minusthecoffee" Massey – 12 months
  • John "jcg" Grima – 12 months
  • Isaac "prodigy" Dahlan – 12 months
  • Billy "beetee" Thomson – 12 months
  • Kieren "Muzoona" Jackson-Clapper – 12 months
  • Matthew "zilla" Zdilar – 12 months
  • James "roflko" Lytras – 12 months
  • Damon "damyo" Portelli – 12 months
  • Jak "jtr" Robinson – 12 months
  • Daniel "rekonz" Mort – 12 months
  • Nicolas "lao" Gulloti – 12 months
  • Marcus "mdk" Kyriazopoulos – 12 months
  • Joel "pearss" Kurta – 12 months
  • James "jamie" MacPahil – 12 months
  • Ioan (Ionica) "bowie" Tuleasca – 12 months
  • Joshua "joshaaye" Wilson – 12 months
  • Ryan "kragz" Clarke – 12 months
  • Stephen "sjanastasi" Anastasi – 12 months
  • Damian "jd" Simonovic – 12 months
  • Carlos "rackem" Jefferys – 12 months
  • Joshua "jhd" Hough-Devine – 12 months
  • Corey "netik (aka nettik)" Browne – 12 months
  • Roman "matr1kz" Santos – 24 months
  • Cailain "caily" Lovegrove – 24 months
  • Akram "adk" Smida – 24 months
  • Andy "Noobster" Zhang – 36 months
  • Jayden "foggers" Graham – 48 months
  • Sam "tham" Mitchell – 48 months
  • Mate "habbo hotel" Poduje – 48 months
  • Samuel "samy" Jarvis – 48 months
  • Daniel "deezy" Zhang – 48 months
  • John "wots" Zhu – 48 months
  • Daryl "mayker" May – 48 months
  • Matthew "jam" Castro – 60 months
  • Alvin "Gravins" Changgra – 60 months
  • Wilson "willyks" Sugianto – 60 months

In a statement, ESIC also confirmed that it was conducting investigations into other CS:GO leagues that take place across North America and Europe, and also revealed that investigations were taking place “ in a significant number of other leagues in multiple game titles."

Players betting on matches is, unfortunately, nothing new in the professional Counter Strike scene.

The most notable instance of this was the North American match-fixing scandal which rocket the scene to its core.

During a league match in 2014, North American team iBUYPOWER was playing against Netcodeguides.com. iBUYPOWER were the heavy favourites to win the match but lost 16-4, raising suspicion.

In the months after the match, storied esports journalist Richard Lewis investigated the match and eventually uncovered that several iBP players had bet against themselves.

 In 2015, CSGO developer and publisher Valve issued lifetime bans to seven people involved, including four iBP players.

The latest wave of bans is certainly a step in the right direction to maintain integrity in all levels of professional Counter-Strike but the likelihood of the ban hammer being swung again is high.