The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has confirmed that they’re working with the FBI to investigate match-fixing and betting syndicates existent in the professional CSGO scene.
In a recent interview with YouTuber ‘slash32’, ESIC commissioner Ian Smith claimed that the ESIC had uncovered evidence which suggests that a specific group of players in ESL’s Mountain Dew League were being actively bribed by “betting syndicates” to throw games.
He further claimed that they had “very good corroborating evidence from Discord” and chat logs of players that the commission plans to ban “for a very long time.”
Smith revealed that the ESIC are working together with the FBI to investigate the NA MDL match-fixing cases and the consequences they might bring upon the offenders.
“In North America, it’s much more serious,” he said. “(It’s) what I would describe as classic match-fixing. In other words, it’s players being bribed by outside betting syndicates in order to fix matches. Rather than players doing it off their own backs, opportunistically.”
The ESIC are likely to go public with their findings in the next two weeks, according to Smith.