Roughly a fortnight after 24/7 eSports made a splash by recruiting Vietnamese Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Skyred, following some impressive international performances earlier in the year, the Australian organisation has dumped their foreign superstars amid claims of match-fixing.
The move, announced on the 24/7 website, came into effect immediately as there had been no contract signed between both parties.
"24/7 eSports cannot take any actions that will risk the reputation of the organisation and does not condone the act of match-fixing, so we have decided to part ways with our CS:GO team," the Australian outfit said.
24/7 added that "there was no definite proof of matchfixing [sic]" but that the decision came following "allegations made by anonymous sources from the Vietnamese Esports Community" and that there was "overwhelming public opinion" against the former Skyred players.
"24/7 eSports will be re-evaluating our involvement with the South-East Asian region and currently looking into other eSports titles as we believe it has a strong market and many talented players deserve opportunities to grow their brand and gain exposure for their respective region."
This comes not long after Valve reiterated on the official Counter-Strike blog that any players found guilty of rigging Counter-Strike matches would be permanently banned from all Valve-sponsored tournaments. "We will continue to take whatever action we think is necessary to protect the entertainment value created by professional Counter-Strike, including, on occasion, terminating our relationship with individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to exploit their fans’ faith in the integrity of the sport," the developer wrote at the time.
It's not clear whether a ban will be issued to the Vietnamese players given the circumstances, although it seems the Vietnamese community has made up its mind on the matter. The only match the five played under 24/7 eSports was a single best-of-three in the latest D!ngIT Asia Invitational, where they lost 2-0 (11-16 on de_cache, 10-16 on de_mirage) to inchk1ng in the loser bracket finals.
24/7 eSports were contacted prior to publication but declined to comment.