ESL One Germany Complaints Come To Light After Suspicious Activities
There’s no denying that ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the esports industry to shift online, many illegal esports acts have come to the surface. With recent reports concerning suspicious activities at ESL One Germany, Dota 2 is one of the most affected communities.
Various Dota 2 betting sites and organizers are complaining about two CIS matches that allegedly involved suspicious odds activities and match-fixing attempts. The reports target Cyber League and Yellow Submarine.
Cyber Legacy vs Vikin.gg
Bookmakers Parimatch and 1xBet submitted a report that there were suspicious odd bets placed on a match between Cyber Legacy and Vikin.gg at ESL One Germany last October 18.
Dmitry Sergeev, CEO at Parimatch, questioned the legitimacy of the match due to the suspicious dropping of odds during the game. 1xbit raised similar concerns. According to Sergeev, despite Vikin.gg entering the series as a favorite, the odds dropped from 1.45 to 1.25 pre-match, and then dropped again on sites accepting second-map bets.
Cyber Legacy’s CEO Vladislav Grechkin denied the bookmakers’ claims, saying: “Cyber Legacy always adheres to sports ethics and has great respect for the audience. Participation in ‘fake’ matches is unacceptable for us. Vikin.gg was initially the favorite of the meeting. Based on the fact that our Dota 2 roster is in a ‘reboot’ state, and on the results of the last few games, it could be predicted that we would lose.”
Yellow Submarine vs Na’Vi
Similar complaints appeared after Parimatch and 1xBit’s reports. CIS team Yellow Submarine reported that some of its players had been offered bribes to throw their series against Natus Vincere.
According to Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov, the team’s manager, someone approached offlaner Magomed “Collapse” Halilov before the match. He was offered 1 million Russian rubles ($13,000 USD). The said money was intended to be divided between him and two of his teammates. As part of the deal, Collapse wasn’t supposed to tell Korb3n the offer.
With claims from multiple parties, Valve and ESL One Germany will likely host a bigger investigation before the tournament officially concludes on November 1. The investigation will focus on CIS teams.