On April 2, the North American Counter-Strike news website Dust2.US published an audio recording that captures three ESEA Premier players who are under discussion to fix the outcome of two matches. The footage was released after it was revealed publicly by the commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission, Ian Smith, that the FBI also conducted its own investigation of North American CS: GO match-fixing.
The sound, recorded in October 2020, features three players from the organization Rebirth, Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano, Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak, and Carson “nosraC”
The two battles discussed were against Incognito and Russian Canadians. The former was postponed twice before it was resolved, and the latter resulted in losses.
Sources during Dexerto’s own investigation confirmed that these decisions around these matches were made after the players became aware of the possibility that the recording existed and wanted to ensure that no one monitored the activity around these matches.
The recording also incriminates two of the Russian Canadian players, Alex “vek” Voynov and David “J0LZ” Jolin, as having agreed to participate in the scheme.
On the recording, Tropiano states that Voynov, the team leader in the game, has agreed to use “on radar” to ensure the outcome of the match. “On Radar” refers to a popular method that match fixers use to stream the game via programs such as Discord to their opponents.
This allows teams to have an advantage if they want to win or make the loss seem more natural with calculated “mistakes” that obscure the rigged nature of the game. Tropiano states that in exchange for their cooperation, he will share profits from a couple of Bitcoin gaming sites.
During our own investigation, Dexerto Voynov interviewed about the allegations, and he categorically denied them. He also released a vague Twitlonger in February, which he has now deleted, calling any suggestion he was involved as “conjecture.” An archive with this statement can be found here: https://archive.is/vr9Zu
Dexerto also interviewed Jolin and he denied having entered into any agreement with Tropiano.
The recording is complete as follows:
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: No it would be great if you played Incognito as the whole game, but if you joined in half, it would look real. Or not even half, in the middle of the game as it goes, you just join, “my internet is back”, we get shrek out of the server and it looks normal.
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: I do not.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: As long as shrek [Spenser “Shrek” Adams] playing as four to five rounds, it’s going to look good.
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: and the fact that you did not even say anything about the Russian Canadian game, it’s even more fucked up, but …
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: What?
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: What do you mean what? You did not say anything about it.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: What do you mean?
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak Okay, now you’re just acting stupid.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: No, I’m serious, what are you talking about?
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: What do you mean? I just talked yesterday about winning a match so we can play Mythic in the playoffs, you did not say anything. Nowadays, you just get into TeamSpeak, and you’re like, “yeah, we’m just losing the game.” Like what? * mocks * what do you mean?
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: We have been planning to lose this game for the last five days; it makes the most sense out of every game in MDL. They need this win, we do not need the win, and with their IGL on radar and you off the server, it looks guaranteed to be real.
Carson “nosraC” O’Reilly: I do not know if vek will accept radar.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: He does, he accepts the radar. Assuming I let him use two Bitcoin sites, and I’ll share profits from the two sites. And J0LZ is fine with that too. And they are not. I told them there’s no way you tell Battery or Saturn, it must look like a legitimate, hard game.
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: Okay, anyway. But I’m not setting up the Incognito game, I told you.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: I know, I do not think you should, you should join while shrek plays, like three rounds.
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: No * ler *
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: No, the most important thing is that if it shows six people on HLTV, it will look so good.
Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak: Well, you can set it up or something, I do not know.
Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano: I’m going to start over [ESEA Pro] client, stay.
The recording was sent to ESEA administrators shortly after it was captured, and it was then passed on to ESIC, which already had an investigation underway.
This recording confirmed other evidence that had already been uncovered by ESIC’s investigation. Months later, and with other investigations now being pursued, the release of the recording has been cleared.
Dexerto will give you a much more in-depth report on match fixing in the coming weeks.