About the match-fixing allegations
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Recently, we have heard many allegations regarding matches in the Asian region of OMEGA League. We’ve followed up on each of them and launched multiple inquiries.
As announced earlier, we had certain concerns about the match between Execration and Cignal Ultra, which took place on August 9, 2020. Throughout the last couple of days, we talked to the representatives of the team who were originally accused of possible match-fixing and other parties.
The betting companies confirmed that the match spawned unusual activity, but it did not point at the fact that any party was involved in match-fixing. The data we received suggests that unknown parties were heavily betting on the victory of Cignal Ultra, which did not take place.
In the case of the August 9, 2020, Execration 2:1 Cignal Ultra series, we rule that none of the participants played in bad faith.
We also took a close look at August 10, 2020, Linger 2:1 DeMonster series. We’ve heard from our contacts in betting companies that the second map which Linger lost, attracted suspicious activity. The evidence that we have is consistent and points at the fact that Linger lost the match intentionally, and is disqualified from OMEGA League. The following players are banned from participating in any event organized by WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports Events for one year (the ban is lifted on August 13, 2021):
Yeo ”TigerCat" Chun Kiat
Wang “大猪" Jie
Law “眼高手低" Chee Hoong
Liew “Bee" Wei Hang
Hao “76561198125784995" Zeng
WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports Events may decide not to lift the ban in a year if the players find themselves expelled from other events by other tournament organizers due to new match-fixing activities during that time.
Group table considering Linger's disqualification is as follows:
- For The Dream
In all the past matches with the participation of Linger, the victory automatically goes to their opponents. Everyone except FTD has a game in hand.
“We’ve looked at the match between Linger and DeMonster ourselves and asked for opinions and any data from analysts, players, and representatives of betting companies. The evidence we have and the subjective opinions we heard are consistent that Linger lost the second game of the series intentionally.”
– Vitaliy “Nexius" Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.