ESIC, ESEA Suspend 7 CS:GO Players For MDL Match-Fixing
A joint investigation conducted by ESIC and ESEA revealed that seven professional CS:GO players were involved in match-fixing. The players, who were competing at the Mountain Dew League (MDL) Australia at that time, allegedly placed bets on several matches.
The organizations suspended the following players for 12 months:
- Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [now playing as “stvn”]
- Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
- Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
- Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster) [sometimes spelt “nettik”]
- Damian “JD/The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
- Carlos “Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
- Joshua “jhd” Hough-devine (Rooster 2)
Betting on any matches where the player is actively participating is a violation of article 2.2.1 of the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code. As such, each of the players is now banned from all competitive CS:GO events organized and promoted by members of ESIC, such as giant esports organizers ESL, DreamHack, WePlay, and Blast. That said, this serves as a reminder that all betting should stay within authorized esports betting sites and should be avoided by all professional players and the like.
ESIC released its initial decision and the joint statement this week, but the investigation is still ongoing. The final decision will have an effect on all of the organization’s partners and members.
“As a result of the joint investigation between ESIC and ESEA, ESIC has discovered that seven current CS:GO professionals playing in MDL Australia placed bets on MDL matches during their participation in the MDL. Some of these individuals engaged in betting activities related to matches they were playing in themselves. ESIC has identified that several associates of the Offending Parties also participated in betting activities related to the matches being played by the Offending Parties,” the statement said.
While the investigation is ongoing, ESIC will refrain from making further comments until other components of the issues have been resolved. The organization also didn’t reveal which of the seven players placed bets on their own matches and which MDL matches received the bets.
However, ESIC confirmed that the outcome of the investigation does not exclude the possibility that more sanctions may be given to the offending parties and their respective teams and associates. Due to the nature of the offense, ESIC may also cooperate with several international law enforcement entities for a successful investigation.