A StarCraft pro has been arrested on suspicion of match-fixing. Korean news site Naver Sports is reporting that more than 100 other people have been arrested for the use of an illegal betting site associated with the game.
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According to Naver, a report from Busan Yeonsei police station said that it had arrested a professional player on suspicion of operation Toto, an illegal betting site, as well as match-fixing at last year’s BEXCO StarCraft tournament. The player, who is not named in the report, is accused of taking 4.5 million won (around £3,000/$4,200) for deliberately losing the match. A second person, also reported to be a StarCraft pro, was arrested for operating a second gambling shop.
AfreecaTV, who are responsible for significant parts of the StarCraft esports scene, issued a statement (translated via the TeamLiquid forums) saying “the news of match-fixing in StarCraft that broke this morning has caused many fans, players, and organizers to worry.” Once the ongoing police investigation concludes, AfreecaTV say that “the relevant player will be permanently banned from all esports competitions organized by AfreecaTV and prize money will be confiscated.”