YouTuber Jake Lucky's channel Esports Talk has investigated suggestions that an ongoing online CSGO tournament may have been “put on just for the fix.”
The event in question is the LEGENDS.BET L33T CUP, an ongoing online minor CSGO tournament with a prize pool of $20,000.
Strange matches, unknown teams being invited, and suspicious sponsors of the competition all seem to suggest that there's something not right, Esports Talk asserted in the video.
Lucky's first piece of evidence was a match between Na’Vi's academy side and a Bulgarian team called the Skin Ogres on January 30. Na’Vi Jr. were the favorites against the unknown Skin Ogres squad and took the first round as everyone expected.
But in the second round, the Skin Ogres came out on top and beat Na’Vi Jr. after a 1m Ruble ($15,000) bet was apparently placed on them for the second round, and only the second round.
“Skin Ogres suspiciously take Map 2, then we go to Map 3 where Na’Vi dominate yet again,” the YouTuber explained. “When it comes time for in-game gameplay, it seems like Skin Ogres didn’t want to win, Na’Vi Academy take your series, but you have a suspicious bet placed on Map 2 where the underdogs take it in very, very weird fashion.”
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The "superior" evidence for Lucky's theory, as he put it, involved some of the teams and even tournament sponsors at the L33T CUP.
A lot of the teams invited were your standard minor CSGO tournament fare - the Copenhagen Flames, Na'Vi's academy side, HellRaisers, and others. But two of the invited teams - Skin Ogres and Axis - set off alarm bells for Lucky.
"How did Team Axis, without even a team profile picture, and a team known as the 'Skin Ogres' get placed in the event, right?" Lucky asked. "You gotta question that."
Furthermore, the sponsors for the tournament themselves also seemed a little suspect to the YouTuber, especially L33T and Overman, who have almost no active following on Twitter.
The main title sponsor of the event, Legends.bet, is a CSGO skin-betting website, or was, as Lucky pointed out the site is no longer active.
"Super weird right? Three of your primary sponsors ... are just dead accounts," Lucky said "Not even an active site (Legends.bet) which put up the prize pool."
Axis, one of Lucky's suspicious teams, was actually disqualified from the tournament on January 23 due to "sufficient evidence" that one of their players wasn't competing fairly.
"This is all based on speculation, none of this can be fully confirmed as of right now," Lucky added in the video. "I'm not trying to call anyone out, I'm simply trying to point out the obvious evidence out there that this entire event could have been hosted just for the fix."
Match-fixing scandals are nothing new in competitive CSGO, but holding an entire tournament just for one bet (if that's really what happened) is a whole other level.