Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Esports play and betting is on the rise.
However, Esports, like many sports, isn’t without its own dark history. For Esports, in particular, there’s been a worrying history of match-fixing.
In Australia, where Esports is available within a fully legal and regulated legal sports betting community, law enforcement has had to intervene with match-fixing in the past.
As Esports grows exponentially in player base and revenue during the pandemic, match-fixing can not be allowed to thrive.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular video games and Esports titles in the current Esports climate. In 2019, six professional players were arrested for match-fixing in a CS:GO tournament.
A multi-million dollar global industry, the players who threw matches and made bets on themselves, were heavily punished.
The gamers face up to 10 years in prison, under the offences of engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome, and use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.
Six men, the youngest 19 years old, were flagged as suspicious due to their betting activity investigated by the police. The group faces up to ten years on the grounds of match-fixing.
In sports or Esports, match-fixing is, unfortunately, occasionally recognized. For such lucrative prize pools, there have been a number of cases looking to adjust the odds in their favor. Due to struggles with match-fixing, it has been difficult to convince voting parties on the merits of Esports betting.
Stephen Hanna, from the Esports Integrity Commission, spoke on match-fixing in Esports and said:
It’s about limiting its position in the market to the greatest extent possible.
Despite some unfortunate situations in Esports, it is currently at its highest in popularity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even more viewers, players, and bettors are gravitating toward it. Esports betting is even expecting its profits to skyrocket in 2020.
Sports betting has been legal in Australia since 2001. Both online and offline formats are available to players in Australia due to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.
The most popular sports by attendance in Australia are: Australian Rules Football, Horse Racing, Rugby League, and Motor Sports.
Across all eight Australia states, there are 20 full-scale casinos. There are also hundreds off smaller venues that offer pokie machines.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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