Recent allegations of match-fixing in the professional Counter-Strike eSport circuit have shown to be solid. According to Counter-Strike.net, these allegations have been confirmed as match-fixing is in the recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive CEVO Season 5 Match between NetCodeGuides.com and iBUYPOWER. Counter-strike.net has been able to confirm the details of these accusations by investigating the activity history of the relevant accounts. It seems that all the high valued items won in that match by player Duc “cud” Pham were transferred — with the help of Derek “dboorn” Boorn, to various iBUYPOWER players, as well as NetCodesGuide founder, Casey Foster.
All told, the information gathered and received by Counter-Strike.net has left the blog feeling rather reluctant to continue any further associations with the involved individuals. They are also instructing their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event partners to disallow any of the people named on this following list to participate in any capacity for any future Valve-sponsored events. The people that have been named and shamed on the blacklist are: Duc “cud” Pham, Derek “dboorn” Boorn, Casey Foster (NCG Founder), Sam “Dazed” Marine. Braxton “swag” Pierce, Keven “AZK” Larivière, and Joshua “Steel” Nissan. The Daily Dot released an article detailing most of the evidence in uncovering this eSport scandal for those who are interested.
The Counter-Strike.net website also states, “Professional players, their managers, and teams’ organization staff, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.”
This is no surprise considering the exponential growth of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2014 as an eSport. The issue, as the Global Offensive eSport circuit grows larger, is the sheer impact one individual professional Global Offensive player can have on the health of the community and their team. They are required to perform under extreme duress before an audience of fans, as ambassadors for their art. As such, the strength of the sport community comes from the honesty and integrity of the players and the teams. When one individual lets so many people down, it’s a problem, but when there are this many people involved in match-fixing, it’s just inexcusable.
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