Counterstrike: Global Offensive players in Australia get a year-long ban for betting on themselves

    
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Counterstrike: Global Offensive players in Australia get a year-long ban for betting on themselves

It turns out that professional athletes placing bets on their own performances in games is generally frowned upon in most sports. This is true in competitive gaming as well. Counterstrike: Global Offensive, well known as a game in which people find the most absurdly corrupt ways to cheat or behave like jerks and perhaps occasionally play a match with some shooty bits, has just had seven of its professional players in Australia banned for 12 months following the revelation that they had all placed bets on themselves.

The betting went a layer deeper as the players also had associates placing identical bets in some of the matches under review. Law enforcement has been notified and further penalties will be assessed on the legal level, but the year-long ban will stop these players from taking part in any professional engagements in the game for some time. Alas, poor CS:GO players, you just wanted to make bets you could influence. How did this all go so wrong? (It was the premise. It went wrong at the idea itself.)

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Bruno Brito

Wait. They betted on themselves and just had to win?

I don’t see the issue here? Am i missing anything?

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Hikari Kenzaki

Here is the scenario.

You and another player conspire to throw a match.
You place the bet on yourself so you’re ‘innocent’ because you bet on yourself.
The other player throws the match and you split the profits.

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Bruno Brito

Did they throw the matches? That’s my question.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The specifics (because the investigation and prosecution is ongoing) are not all provided. It doesn’t really matter for a couple of reasons.

1) Someone lost or won a bet. This could in some way make it back to the player in question. The chance that something could have happened is enough to undermine a sport. And it probably did happen.

2) It’s expressly forbidden in their rules to bet on a sport in which you are involved, even in an ancillary manner: “Any Participant… may not place or otherwise enter into any Bet on any of the Games in which he/she is involved.”

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Bruno Brito

Ok. I still don’t see the issue. If you bet on yourself and the match is not rigged, then it’s still a fair game and you wanna win. What’s the difference between you or your mom betting on you?

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Dobablo

The wording in the above article does not entirely match the linked source. The original statement does not mention how they were betting, just that it was on matches in which some of the players were directly involved.

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Bruno Brito

I’m still not getting it. Did these players collude with others to throw matches or not?

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Why bet on yourself when you could bet on your competitor and then you could throw the match and win the money?