The FBI is reportedly investigating fraud in professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive operations in North America.
As discovered by Kotaku, the commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), Ian Smith, said the organization worked with the FBI for an ongoing investigation of “a relatively small but significant group of players over a long period of time, and organized match fixation in North American MDL” .
“Then again, to a certain extent, we’re working on law enforcement and the FBI, which has only recently had a sports betting investigation unit in the FBI. They’s good, but they’s inexperienced because sports betting has never been a big deal in America until recently, so everyone finds their feet on it. “
As for the ongoing Australian investigation? Back in January, ESIC announced sanctions against 35 Australian CS: GO players who broke their anti-corruption code, hot on the heels of the seven who received sanctions back in October 2020. Two players who were sanctioned last year have also been banned. extended.
The sanctions were issued to players who bet on matches in ESIC member events, including their own matches or the team’s matches. The bans vary from a “level one” 12-month ban for players who bet on matches, all the way up to a level five 60-month ban for rough betting against their own team.
Smith says we will soon hear more about these allegations.
“I am optimistic that we can publish this soon, within the next 10 days to two weeks,” the commissioner added. “The betting scandal in Australia, while there was a large group of players – and there is definitely match-fixing there, and we work with the police there, it takes much longer there when you start cooperating with the police.
“Fortunately in Australia these are criminal acts. So getting everything coordinated with the police takes much longer. We have good solid cases there, and if only we acted alone, we would announce the persecution now. But that’s not all. The 42 guys who bet – there is a much smaller group within it that not only bet, but manipulated the outcome. “