The world of Dota 2 is all in a fluster as a result of match-fixing cropping up its ugly head to spoil everyone’s fun.
Russian player, Alexey ‘Solo’ Berezin allegedly bet $100 against his team, rox.KIS, in their Star Series match against team zRage last week. According to Join Dota, “a suspiciously horrible performance” resulted in this player winning finances to the tune of $322 and shortly after, a lifetime ban from StarLadder TV.
His team-mates BzzIsPerfect, Yol, Dread and dnq have received bans of three years each and the rox.KIS organisation is banned from competing in the Star Series for a period of one year.
The team have expressed disagreement with this course of action and have released the following statement:
We think that the evidence base is very uncertain in this case. We've been able to insist on more thorough investigation of the incident and we believe in the innocence of our players and staff, and in adequate solution on the case.
Here they write about what evidence currently exists:
1. a bet on zRage-RoX.KIS match from an unknown account (which doesn’t belong to Solo (egamingbets confirmed)
2. ip of "SMART" isp in Novorosiysk city (doesn’t match to Solo's ip)
3. cash out order to Solo's Webmoney account
We found out, that you can cash out (from egamingbets) to any Webmoney account, basically, you need to know its id to do this. And it is easy to find Solo's Webmoney information, because it is public.
After some more negotiations, we discovered that deposit to this account was not made from Solo's Webmoney, so it is unknown who made it. Also Solo's skype was stolen last week during livestream, which made it even easier to get his personal info.
Rox team is being accused of intentionally losing this game, however the team did not have any chances of getting to Lan finals, so this match was just a formality.
Solo and Rox team do not agree with these accusations and we continue to ask for a full investigation of this incident (with the help from Starladder judges, players and managers of Rox, and egamingbets). We look forward to understanding of this among our fans, and please do not make sudden conclusions."
An intriguing mystery indeed!
It seems pretty lame to risk your entire professional gaming career for 300 bucks, but on the other hand; sometimes people aren’t very clever. Time and investigation will tell us the facts I suppose… where’s Scooby Doo and Shaggy (as the Kings of Mystery Solving) when you need them?
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