The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has revealed ongoing investigations into match-fixing allegations against MDL teams in CS:GO. ESIC has been investigating these allegations for the past eighteen months.
Approximately eighteen months ago and on several occasions since, ESIC has received suspicious bet alerts through our global integrity monitoring framework which led us to establish an investigation into potential match-fixing activity in the MDL tournament series administered by one of our members, ESEA.
Were CSGO MDL Teams Match-Fixing?
Recently a clip surfaced highlighting professional players discussing match-fixing instances in the game. ESIC has been investigating fifteen instances of match-fixing for the past eighteen months.
When Will ESIC Take Action?
ESIC is now in the concluding stages of its investigation and will issue a formal statement relating to the investigation within four weeks of the date of this update (subject to complications that may arise in the finalization of our investigation).
ESIC has promised that they will release an official statement within four weeks of this update. The investigation is in its final stages and ESIC expects to have an update very soon.
This update follows the recent cheating scandal that has ravaged Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Freelance CS:GO referee, Michal Slowinski found evidence of professional CS:GO coaches using a bug to gain an unfair advantage in official matches.
Even though the bug has been around since 2016, Valve has not fixed it yet. With CS:GO matches moving online, there is a higher possibility of teams using the bug to their advantage.
Following the outcome of these investigations, ESL banned the Hard Legion, MIBR and Heroic coaches for varying amounts of time. ESIC followed up with bans for similar periods.
The Esports Integrity Coalition is in prime spot to be able to discuss match-fixing allegations against teams. Investigations into match-fixing instances requires collaboration between betting operators, government bodies, industry stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.