Six people have been arrested in Australia over alleged CS:GO match fixing. A statement issued by the Victoria Police department says that “at least five matches were impacted” during a tournament in March.
The police statement (via Dot Esports) says that “detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, along with detectives from the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, have executed warrants at a number of properties this week in relation to an investigation into suspicious betting activity relating to an esports league.”
The investigation, which began back in March, started when police were tipped off by a betting agency. The agency alleged that the players “were arranging to throw matches and subsequently placing bets on those matches.” Victoria police believe that “at least five matches were impacted and over 20 bets were put on the matches by Australian punters.” Six men between the ages of 19 and 22 have been arrested, all of whom have been interviewed in relation to the offences and released pending further enquiries.
The offences – “engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency” and “use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes” – carry sentences of up to ten years imprisonment.
The case is one of the first of its kind in Australia, but the Victoria PD assistant commissioner, Neil Paterson, suggested that cases could increase. “Esports is really an emerging sporting industry and with that will come the demand for betting availability on the outcomes of tournaments and matches. It’s important that police and other agencies within the law enforcement, gaming and betting industries continue to work together to target any suspicious activity.”