CS GO competitive scene has been reaching far and wide as FPS lovers from all around the globe are taking keen interest in some of these high profile matches. The bigger a tournament is the better the reward gets for the competitors but sometimes the reward seems to be a lot less compared to what some of these teams/individuals are offered outside of it.
I am talking about match fixing scandals and particularly the one that has gained quite a lot of attention from people all over the world, the IBuyPower game throwing scandal.
For starters, in case you were living under a rock or something, IBuyPower is one of the most famous American competitive CSGO teams, who allegedly “threw” a match away to NetcodeGuides.com. The match was a part of CSGO tournament CEVO professional season 5.
Apparently, IBuyPower lost the match due the effects of Jetlag and also not being familiar with the map they were playing in. But for an experienced CSGO team such as IBuyPower, there were a lot of odd plays seen in the game that even the most beginner player could figure out after watching a couple of IBuyPower’s “normal” plays.
So, when a Daily Dot Investigation took the matter in their hands, they managed to find pieces of information that directly linked the team to a serious match fixing deal and based on that, a very strong case was built against seven individuals for betting a number of high value items like CSGO skins or CSGO account, on the outcome of the match.
After the investigation was concluded, Valve decided to put a ban on the following individuals from all the events that fall under the umbrella of Valve’s sponsorship.
List of Banned Individuals
- Duc "cud" Pham
- Derek "dboorn" Boorn
- Casey Foster (NetcodeGuides founder)
- Sam "Dazed" Marine
- Braxton "swag" Pierce
- Keven "AZK" Larivière
- Joshua "Steel" Nissan
Valve also added that, under no circumstance are the players/managers/teams allowed to share any details of the match that in some way are beneficial for betting or gambling.