Seven CS:GO players have been banned for betting on matches



The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) have issued sanctions against seven professional CS:GO players.

In a joint statement released today (October 23), the organizations revealed that the ESIC handed the players 12-month bans for placing bets on Mountain Dew League matches and other CS:GO events. All seven are current CS:GO pros playing in MDL Australia. Some engaged in betting activities related to matches they were playing in themselves. These actions are in breach of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

“Further to this,” the statement reads, “ESIC has identified that several associates of the Offending Parties also participated in betting activities related to the matches being played by the Offending Parties. In some instances, the associates placing bets mirrored identical bets to those placed by the Offending Parties.”

Specifically, the offending parties in question are:

  1. Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [now playing as “stvn”]
  2. Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
  3. Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
  4. Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster) [sometimes spelt “nettik”]
  5. Damian “JD/The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
  6. Carlos “Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
  7. Joshua “jhd” Hough-devine (Rooster 2)

Other repercussions

To clarify, the banned players will not be allowed to participate in events organized by ESIC member organizations including ESL, DreamHack, WePlay, and BLAST.

They could face other repercussions as well, according to the joint statement: “Due to the nature of betting related offences (with certain betting activities potentially breaching criminal codes in particular jurisdictions) and ESIC’s relationships with several law enforcement entities internationally, including in Australia, ESIC has referred this matter to law enforcement.”

Ban rescinded

Meanwhile, the ESIC has been investigating other aspects of the CS:GO scene. The “spectator bug”, for example. As we reported last month, this exploit allowed certain coaches to position themselves anywhere on the map and stay there. The coaches were able to see in 360 degrees. This would let them feed information back to their team, telling them the behaviors and positioning of their opponents.

The ESIC implicated a number of high-profile coaches in connection with this exploit. On September 28, moreover, it issued sanctions against 37 offending parties. On October 16, however, the commission announced that it would rescind its ban on Sergey “LMBT” Bezhanov.

In a statement, the ESIC Commissioner said:

Sergey ‘LMBT’ Bezhanov has supplied compelling documentary, video and 3rd party corroborative evidence to ESIC that has given the Commissioner comfortable satisfaction that he was, in two cases, not at his computer at the time he was bugged and, in the other two cases, did disconnect timeously and seek admin assistance, neither seeking or gaining any unfair advantage through exploitation of the bug.

Consequently, the original findings and sanction are hereby rescinded and he is free to coach in ESIC member events with immediate effect. ESIC is grateful for LMBT’s and Forze’s patience in waiting for this decision, appreciating the significant complexity of the matter and other compelling calls on our limited time and resources.

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