Four esports players have been disqualified for match-fixing for a period of two years
The International Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has reported a two-year disqualification of several Counter-Strike players from Ukraine. They have been found guilty of organizing 'match-fixing' incidents involving their participation.
The esports players involved are:
- Dmitry 'SENSEi' Shvorak (proved attempts to play a fixed match as part of Team Project X).
- Maxim 'Throne' Semenov (fixed match in 2020 as part of Team Majesty).
- Arthur 'DarkS1DE' Kravchenko (fixed match as part of Team Majesty).
- Daniil 'nat1ve' Bakin (fixed match as part of Team Majesty).
In the commission's statement, it's noted that the fixed nature of the games was identified based on suspicious betting activity, along with confidential information available to ESCI that confirmed the facts of match-fixing. The Esports Integrity Commission clarified in a press release that all players had the right to respond to the decision of their suspension. However, none of the players filed any appeals.
Due to the effective disqualification, these players will be unable to participate in matches under the ESCI's auspices. The disqualification takes effect from October 24, 2023, and lasts until October 24, 2025.
It's worth mentioning that esports may be included in the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee planned to organize esports competitions during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
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