Six Australians Arrested Over Counter-Strike Match Fixing

Victoria Police announced on Friday afternoon announced that six Australians have been arrested in connection with an investigation into rigging Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches, the first major case of its kind in Australia.

An investigation began in March this year after a betting agency tipped off police around suspicious activity around a CS:GO tournament. "It’s alleged that players were arranging to throw matches and subsequently placing bets on those matches," Victoria Police said in a release.

At least five matches were affected by the activity, with warrants served and four men arrested on Wednesday. Another warrant was executed by Western Australian police in Perth, but no arrests were made there. Two more warrants were executed today in Mount Eliza, resulting in two more arrests.

Neil Paterson, assistant commissioner of Victoria Police, said the investigation was the first of its kind by the state. “Esports is really an emerging sporting industry and with that will come the demand for betting availability on the outcomes of tournaments and matches," he said.

"These warrants also highlight that police will take any reports of suspicious or criminal activity within esports seriously, and we encourage anyone with information to come forward."

All men arrested have been "released pending further inquiries". Authorities added that detectives from the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, who assisted the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, are continuing the investigation and working with Sportsbet and other betting outlets.

More to come...


Comments

    Oooh, dodgy!
    I would be interested to hear more when more info comes out, surely somebody knew or found out and reported them.

    How does this all work? As soon as betting agencies are involved the element of criminality is introduced? Is it illegal to throw an e-sports match if you haven't bet on it?

      Yes and no, it depends on where it's done and on the terms and conditions of entry or the team contract.
      If found to be throwing matches you can face banning, fines or yes, face charges of some sort.

      Off the top of my head I would probably be looking at Obtain Financial Advantage by Deception which falls under one of the Crimes Act.

      No. Not at all.

      Betting on sporting events is perfectly legal. It is, however, a regulated industry to ensure fairness on both ends.

      Intentionally throwing a match for profit is against that fairness. Its similar to insider trading, Which is also highly illegal.

      The players in this article were throwing matches after having bets places on those matches by people directly associated with them. That's illegal.

      It's no different than if you had someone who worked at a casino giving you help on a card table by signalling you.

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