As eSports become a more and more prevalent undertaking, so too does the news pertaining to it. Unfortunately, the news that has come to light most recently isn’t as positive as some might like. Counter-Strike has one of the biggest competitive gaming communities and one team has almost completely been ejected from it.
The accusations first began to fly when Robin “GMX” Stahmer was released from the team due to inter-team issues and his declining performance in recent matches. Stahmer wouldn’t be one to go alone and spoke out about a specific match fixing incident back in September 2014.
The cheating took place when Epsilon made bets on a match between themselves and team Over Gaming before throwing the match to pocket some extra goods. Valve took the accusations to heart and began investigations into team Epsilon.
The casualties of this investigation were Epsilon team members Joey “Fxyo” Schlosser and Kevin “Uzi” Vernel, who were both banned from Valve-sponsored events for the next year. To add salt to the wound, Epsilon quickly released the two of them from the team.
To make things worse, the whole team was suspended by Epsilon after their own investigations of evidence left the truth clear to them. However, it’s not all bad news as Stahmer made sure to mention that one of his former teammates was innocent in all of the issues, one Adil “Scream” Benrlitom. Epsilon has said that they will keep Benrlitom on the team for the future, once everything is sorted out.
However much I hate watching Counter-Strike, I do love reading about big news in the eSports field. It’s a growing arena that has to suffer the pains that comes with being a fresh entertainment form. So even though it’s negative, it is good to hear about happenings like this. It’s also good to hear that Valve and team sponsors aren’t playing around. If offenses like match fixing are allowed to slip by, or only receive a slap on the wrist, it wouldn’t bode well for eSports. Cheating would breed a very negative environment for the players and viewers alike.
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