South Korea Rocked By StarCraft Betting Scandal

In South Korea, playing sci-fi real-time strategy StarCraft is a big deal. There are professional players and televised games. Throwing StarCraft matches and illegal betting, however, is a bigger deal.

In what some are already calling the biggest e-sports scandal in history, the still-unfolding saga has seen pro gaming teams accused of intentionally losing matches and even leaking their own team's replay files to illegal gambling syndicates. It is believed to have started in 2006 and peaked in 2008.

The scandal is so widespread that it apparently reaches pro gaming coaches and even Ja Mae Yoon, one of the most famous StarCraft players. The country's e-sports organisers apparently knew of the gambling, too, and tried to rectify the issue themselves by entertaining the idea of co-existing with the illegal betting sites.

The dirty teams are purging themselves by naming names. Some of the most serious offenders are even being forced to retire.

This scandal is already being compared to baseball's Black Sox. Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball after throwing games in the 1919 World Series.

Korea Swept In Illegal Starcraft League Gambling [Team Liquid via GamePron][Pic, Pic]


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    It's the Nerd Mafia! The Nerfia! Run!

      Fortunately, there's no LAN in Starcraft 2...

    Oh Korea, you never cease to make me laugh with your Starcraft news.

      Here's what happens when you have 2 tv stations devoted to just showing starcraft games, and when they are hailed as 'The Emperor' <3 korea

        I assume you are talking about Slayers_BoxeR there? =P

        There is a huge reason why he was named Emperor of Terran =P That guy is the reason for the very many polishes and balances for Terran by Blizzard. The guy pulled off so many standard tactics used today as well as some rather interesting ones you can't use anymore because of balance changes. xD

    Only a fool would fail to see that some players making more than US$2 million by participating in this is more than a joke. Gambling is serious business in Korea and a lot of people were making a lot of money off of this.

    I guess it actually legitimises competitive gaming even further, aligning it even closer to most (if not all) sports, where illegal gambling/match fixing has been happening for decades.

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