11 Mar 2021 10:06 AM +00:00

CS:GO Match-Fixing: The Backlash

Following the Daily Dot’s conclusive report surrounding the existence of match-fixing within the Counter Strike: Global Offensive competitive community, several large organisations have opted to respond to the prominent scandal.

As stated in our previous article, on the 27th January 2015, Valve themselves took initial control of the situation, banning the seven figures involved in the thrown match between iBUYPOWER and Netcode Guides.

"All together, the information we have collected and received makes us uncomfortable continuing any involvement with these individuals. Therefore we will be directing our CS:GO event partners to not allow any of the following individuals’ participation in any capacity in Valve-sponsored events"

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However, since Valve's official announcement, a backlash of events have occurred, commencing with the discharge of Netcode Guides CS:GO roster. Understandably, the remaining players have decided to part ways with the organisation, in an attempt to distance themselves from the ongoing controversy.

As well as this, CEVO, the league in which the match-fixing occurred, FACEIT and the E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) have all consequently suspended the seven members from their respective events.

President and CEO of CEVO, Charlie Plitt went on to further state:

"I am truly disappointed in these gentlemen who have been long time members of the CEVO community. It saddens me to think that they were willing to throw their individual reputations and competitive gaming careers away all out of greed."

"I want to further reiterate to the CEVO community that CEVO vehemently opposes these actions and will suspend anyone who engages in like actions. We will remain vigilant in upholding and refining our rules in an effort to provide the fairest gameplay possible."

In addition to this, the leading skins betting website, CS:GO Lounge, has maintained their own investigations into the scandal. Upon their analysis, CS:GO Lounge has identified several additional dubious match results, which they believe originates from the same match-fixing ring.

As a result, the site announced today that they will no longer host any games for a collective group of UK players known as Team Hyphen.