StarCraft 2 Players And Coach Get Lifetime Ban For Matchfixing
Some nasty business has gone down in the Korean eSports scene. It involves a matchfixing scandal, Starcraft 2 and some now very sad pro players in an orange jumpsuit with their coach.
The story goes that in Korea a number of professional players and their coach have been arrested for matchfixing in Starcraft 2.
It doesn’t end there though. In addition to the arrests, which include people who illegally bet on the outcome of the fixed games, Prime head coach Gerrard and player YoDa have been banned for life. This comes from reports collected by teamliquid.net.
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The Korean eSports association, KeSPA, issued an apology for the scandal and stated that it’s working with the authorities to deal with the matter.
The Starcraft 2 games were fixed in a period between January and June of this year. It involved players intentionally losing games after bets were taken on the final results.
“Since 2010, the association has worked alongside the rest of the industry to fight against the illegal betting that has continued to threaten the foundation of e-Sports,” said KeSPA.
“It is extremely regrettable that a related incident has occurred again, and we apologize to all of the fans who have shown e-Sports their love and support.”
The investigation by the Changwon Regional Prosecutor’s office is still going on, and details will only be out later.
“Going forward, the association’s stance toward illegal betting will continue to be one of zero-compromise, and we will continue to respond strongly to create a healthy e-Sports culture,” added KeSPA.