A group of North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros are under investigation from the FBI, according to the Esports Integrity Commission. The ESIC is being assisted by law enforcement on multiple levels in tracking down offenders who fix matches in the FPS game.
Speaking with YouTuber Slash32 (ta, Kotaku), Ian Smith, the commissioner of the ESIC, says the commission is on the trail of “a relatively small but significant group of players.” These pros have been perpetrating what he’d describe as “classic match fixing” in North American tournaments, and the level of organisation, and length of time, has led to involvement from the FBI.
“To some extent we’re working with law enforcement and the FBI, who only recently have had a sports betting investigative unit within the FBI,” Smith explains. “They’re good, but they’re inexperienced, because sports betting has never been a big thing in America until recently, so everybody’s kind of finding their feet on that one.” This is for the North American branch of the ESEA MDL in particular, where esports gambling is relatively new, and laws can vary by state, making it even more difficult.
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