In the recent days, another major storm of controversy has surrounded the e-Sport arena of CounterStrike. This time, it’s in the form of fixed matches and betting dating back to a match in August 2014 between the two teams iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides.com.
As IGN says, “iBUYPOWER went in as the favorite to win, but ended up losing 16-4 at the CEVO Professional Season 5.”
The Daily Dot first received reports of this a day after the match with screengrabs from an unnamed source having a conversation with pro player Shahzeb “ShahZam” Khan, claiming to know the game was going to be rigged. Khan also boasted to having bets as high as $120 worth of skins for the match. Another trail of evidence towards the games being rigged stem from text messages released to the public by the ex-girlfriend of the now “Torqued” team player Derek “dboorn” Boorn, stating that he was instructed to bet on [NetCodeGuides.com] saying “they really did throw that match and I bet for them on alternate accounts.” He even went on further to add: “They intentionally lost a match this past week…I even told Dazed [captain of iBUYPOWER, Sam “Dazed” Marine] while they were playing to make it close and it was too obvious.” (DailyDot.com, New Evidence Points to Match-Fixing at Highest level of American Counter-Strike).
What also doesn’t help is the fact that “Dazed”, the captain of iBUYPOWER, is also co-owner of Netcode Illuminati, the parent company of NetCodeGuides.com
This is yet another unfortunate event in an area of gaming that is slowly claiming legitimacy as an accepted form of sports. We hope that the trend can end here, otherwise the hard work many other players putting in to make e-Sports legitimate will be mired of the actions by a few people.
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