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Eight StarCraft II pro players arrested in new match-fixing scandal

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Money-for-Nothing

Sports! Where athletes line up to prove just who’s the best at whatever it is that they’re doing that involves the use of a ball and be obscenely rewarded for it in the process. At least, that’s how I understand how sports works. On the other hand Darryn, eSports is a different beast with different rules, ideas and genres that attracts plenty of fans.

But regular sports and eSports aren’t that different really. After all, they’ve both got their own share of unscrupulous buggers.

That’s according to a report by the Changwon Regional Prosecution Service via GamaSutra, which revealed that eight people were arrested for match-fixing in the pro StarCraft II scene. Said story revealed that “one top-class StarCraft 2 pro-gamer” was charged with a fine of 70 000 000 Korean Won for manipulating matches, which works out to around $62 000 in other more soul-crushing monetary terms.

Another four brokers were also charged for setting up the match-fixing, as were two financial backers for funding the illicit deals and another pro-gamer who got slapped with a 30 000 000 won fine (about $26 000) for also fixing a match. The two backers from that incident are still on the run, as is the devil that made the player do it. Probably.

It’s not the first time that the StarCraft scene has been rocked with match-fixing scandals. Back in October, StarCraft pro player YoDa and 11 others made local headlines, resulting in the Korean eSports Association banning everyone involved from ever playing again. It’s a problem that seems to have become more prevalent over recent years in the Korean scene, seeing as how the StarCraft scene is massively contested by thousands of pro players who dream of the big leagues and find themselves coming up short in the ultra-competitive eSport.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2016

36 Comments

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! HEADER WIN!!!!

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    • Pariah

      April 22, 2016 at 09:09

      Explain? O_o

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 22, 2016 at 09:11

        He gets the clicks for free.

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        • Pariah

          April 22, 2016 at 09:11

          Still doesn’t help. Why?

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 22, 2016 at 09:12

          • Pariah

            April 22, 2016 at 09:13

            Same time as Greyling, thanks. That’s exactly what I needed. 😀

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 09:15

            Dood, that was perfectly timed…

          • Pariah

            April 22, 2016 at 09:16

            Right? I know I ended up thanking you first, but I revealed both replies at the same time. Was pretty cool XD

        • Ottokie

          April 22, 2016 at 09:11

          Now I have that song stuck in my head…good job

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 22, 2016 at 09:12

        Have a look at this music video, it is definitely a classic…

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        • Pariah

          April 22, 2016 at 09:13

          Ok, so the music video for the song. I get it now. Thanks.

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 09:14

            Hehe, always good to dig up some iconic songs…

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 22, 2016 at 09:28

      Love that song

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 22, 2016 at 09:32

        Aah man, I miss the times when music was simply that good, I used to play it on repeat, for hours on end…

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 22, 2016 at 09:09

    With a fine like that he Won do it again.

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    • Pariah

      April 22, 2016 at 09:09

      You could say that nobody Won in this case.

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    • Raptor Rants

      April 22, 2016 at 09:12

      It was more than Won Million

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    • HairyEwok

      April 22, 2016 at 09:25

      In the end those starcraft players won nothing but a sad face and a broken reputation. Cant believe that this actually happened…. Some level asian stuff going on again.

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  3. Gerhard Davids

    April 22, 2016 at 09:10

    I feel a missed opportunity to say “more Seoul-crushing monetary terms.”

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  4. Loftus

    April 22, 2016 at 09:11

    Look it was bound to happen, rather nip it short and encourage fair play.

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  5. HairyEwok

    April 22, 2016 at 09:24

    I see the authorities as the brick block and the starcraft players as Mario….
    http://meme-lol.com/wp-content/uploads/meme/2014/04/GIF-Realistic-Super-Mario.gif

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  6. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 22, 2016 at 09:27

    Header win!

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    • Pariah

      April 22, 2016 at 09:28

      Am I really the only one who didn’t catch that? 🙁

      I know the song, just not the music vid. T_T

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 22, 2016 at 09:29

        I’m sure there are others, they are one of my favourite bands I must admit

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 22, 2016 at 09:33

          Yes!! Wait, am I giving my age away? Stuffit, it was good music, I don’t care…

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      • HairyEwok

        April 22, 2016 at 09:30

        • Pariah

          April 22, 2016 at 09:31

          • HairyEwok

            April 22, 2016 at 09:39

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 09:55

            I’ve managed to synch this gif with the vid above… it’s quite impressive…

          • Pariah

            April 22, 2016 at 10:11

            Works surprisingly well, holy shit. O_O

          • HairyEwok

            April 22, 2016 at 10:20

            What can I say, we Ewoks know how to dance and throw rocks.

          • HvR

            April 22, 2016 at 10:09

            The man who did the epic backtrack never gets recognition

  7. justlikemo

    April 22, 2016 at 10:15

    Damn the Bookies got Seoul

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