The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating allegations of match-fixing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
2020’s allegations of CSGO match-fixing in ESL’s Mountain Dew League shook the game, but at least part of the problem was more serious than many previously thought. According to an interview with ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith, the commission became aware of several MDL players who were actively bribed by external parties to throw matches.
The FBI is actively investigating the CSGO match-fixing scandal in 2020
Smith said that ESIC revealed evidence of what he called “classic match-fixing”
The FBI usually involves money laundering under US law on affected and corrupt organizations. RICO has been used to prosecute motorcycle gang Hell’s Angels, street gang Latin Kings and the famous criminal families Gambino and Lucchese. The law was also used to prosecute 14 men linked to Qatar’s bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Smith expects ESIC to be able to publish its findings on last year’s less serious match-fixing events at some point over the next two weeks.
“We have very good confirmatory evidence from Discord … chat logs of players that we are going to ban for a very long time,” the commissioner explained.
Along with the announcement of the FBI’s involvement in the case, the interview also discussed CSGO cheating in general. The commissioner discussed the matter for a long time, as well as what Valve and ESIC could do about the problem.
“The VAC system is a bit of a sledgehammer, it tends to correct behavior at the lower levels,” the commissioner said.
The end result of ESIC’s investigation will probably end up with some CSGO players never playing professionally again, but the news that the Mountain Dew League has been manipulated by “syndicates” is not something fans or players will forget anytime soon.