Seven Australian players banned at ESEA MDL for matchfixing
eSports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has banned seven Australian players for a year for matchfixing. They all bet on Australian league games ESEA MDL, where they've all participated.
ESIC’s Current Position on MDL Match Fixing Allegations
As of the date of this update, ESIC has conducted an extensive and ongoing investigation into the allegations of match-fixing against several parties over the past 18 months. In doing so, we have been liaising with relevant anti-corruption supporters in order to ascertain the validity of allegations by way of evidence gathering, analysis and assessment. We have also been using various investigative tools and contacts to link the bettors who placed the suspicious and unusual bets to the players and teams potentially involved in the match manipulation.
ESIC is now in the concluding stages of its investigation and will issue a formal statement relating to the investigation within four weeks of the date of this update (subject to complications that may arise in the finalization of our investigation).
As of the date of this update, ESIC is maintaining 15 ongoing investigations which we consider to be of significant concern to the industry.
In addition to ESEA, ESIC decision was supported by such tournament operators as ESL, BLAST, DreamHack and WePlay! Esports, forbidding the guilty to take part in their events as well.
The authors of the investigation also referred the case to the law enforcement authorities of Australia, as the actions of eSports athletes violate the laws code of the country.
The list of banned players:
Stephen "sjanastasi" Anastasi (LAKERS)
Akram Smid (Rooster)
Daryl "Mayker" May (Ground Zero)
Corey "netik" Brown (Rooster)
Damian "JD" Simonovic (Rooster 2)
Carlos "Rackem" Jefferies (Rooster 2)
Joshua "jhd" Huf-Devine (Rooster 2)