Valve demands CS:GO community cleans up its act

Written by David Hing

February 10, 2015 | 12:16

Tags: #counter-strike #csgo #global-offensive

Companies: #esports #valve

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer and all-round games industry giant Valve has issued a warning to the game's eSports community, telling all involved in events to avoid placing bets on matches.

'Professional players, teams, and anyone involved in the production of CS:GO events, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets,' reads the statement from Valve.

The statement goes on to acknowledge that tournament players are likely to have access to information about other players and general insider information that will give the edge to any gambling as well. Valve confirms that this sort of activity will lead to being banned from future Valve-sponsored events.

The CS:GO eSports scene has experienced controversy lately with evidence of match fixing between the NetCodeGuides.com and unfortunately named iBUYPOWER teams. The bets placed shortly before a match that iBUYPOWER were accused of deliberately losing generated approximately $10,000 from the sale of in-game rewards.

Valve reacted to the news by banning several of the players involved.

The next Valve-sponsored CS:GO event will be ESL One Katowice 2015 which kicks off on March 12 in Poland. The prize pool for the tournament is $250,000 and will be between eight quarter-finalists from the DreamHack Winter 2014 tournament and eight teams that get through a qualification round.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was launched in 2012 but the eSPorts scene around the game only really kicked off properly in 2014 with the game gaining a much higher profile during tournaments. For the finals at DramHack Winter 2014, the game attracted approximately 500,000 concurrent viewers.
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