Concerns have been raised by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) about possible match-fixing and suspicious betting by the team’s manager in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) CIS regional major rankings (RMR).
ESIC stated it had proof that Oleksandr Shyshko, the team’s chief executive, had an active esports betting account and had “placed numerous bets on highly suspicious Project X matches.”
Shyshko had also “made accurate pre-match bets on the outcome of the Virtus Pro v Akuma match in the CIS RMR,” according to the integrity authority.
A total of 14 CIS teams issued a declaration alleging that Akuma cheated in the competition by gaining knowledge on their opponents’ game map location.
ESIC has forwarded the data it gathered through its Suspicious Betting Activity Network to Valve, the creator of CS:GO.
‘A matter worth investigating
Ian Smith, the commissioner of the ESIC, stated: “While ESIC has not undertaken a full investigation into the detail, extent, and validity of any particular instances of match-fixing behaviour and the perpetrators of such behaviour – information on hand would indicate that this is a matter worth investigating further.
“Certainly, if ESIC did have jurisdiction, we would have opened a full investigation based on what we already know. ESIC has therefore referred the evidence available to us to Valve for further consideration.”
Seven Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players from the Mountain Dew League (MDL) in Australia were suspended by ESIC last year.
For betting on matches, the players were suspended for a year apiece. Some players had placed bets on games in which they had participated.
ESIC denies being a servant of the betting industry
ESIC criticised a “false narrative” that claimed it worked for the esports betting industry earlier this year.
After it was stated that ESIC had backed a bill presented in Nevada’s state senate, it denied being a “servant of the betting industry.” The bill intends to establish the Nevada Esports Commission as an esports regulating body.
Such allegations, according to ESIC, are incorrect, and the organisation opposes Bill 165. It said it was currently presenting its position to the bill’s judiciary committee for evaluation.