About the match-fixing allegations

About the match-fixing allegations

A team is disqualified from OMEGA League.

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 the August 10, 2020, Linger 2:1 DeMonster series. We’ve heard from our contacts in betting companies that the second game 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 the team 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.

Vitaliy “Nexius" Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.
Vitaliy “Nexius" Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.
“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.

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Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office
Date: 08.13.2020

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