StarCraft II match-fixing leads to several arrests in South Korea




South Korean authorities have arrested 12 people in a case about match-fixing in professional StarCraft II tournaments. Among the arrests are the coach and two players from the South Korean professional StarCraft II team Prime.

Prime Clan logo The Korean eSports Association revealed the news on October 18 on its website. The arrests were made in September. The three men at Prime are still nowhere to be condemned by the Korean court, but they have already put permanently out of the organization. Depending on the outcome of the lawsuit, the organization wants the three also sue for financial damage.

Among the other arrestees are the facilitators and financiers, including an e-sports journalist and two ex-members of criminal organizations. It writes Team Liquid on its website based on translated news and statements. The page also includes a list of recordings of the matches where it would go.

Investigation would have shown that there are at least five professional StarCraft II matches would have been talk of a hoax. The coach and players would have received between 5,000 and 17,000 dollars per match, which they lost on purpose. The practices in question were the gamblers and brokers in total between 26,000 and 35,000 dollars.

It is not the first case of an e-sport organization that has to deal with problems that are known from conventional sports. For example, in July this year announced that the US Electronic Sports League will take it upon themselves to test its members regularly on doping. Because it came to light that a team which took in 2014 230.000 euro prize to take home, the ADHD drug Adderall had taken steps to improve performance.



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