The arrest of six people aged 19 to 22 years was reported by the police of the Australian state of Victoria. Young people are suspected of intentionally losing in matches during the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shooter competition by betting on a rival team.
According to the police, the detainees could affect the outcome of at least five matches, which made a total of more than twenty bets.
According to local law, for organizing contractual sports matches and fraud with bets faces imprisonment for up to ten years.
The investigation began in March 2019 – employees of several local betting companies reported the suspicious activity to the police. At the moment, the suspects were released from custody until the end of the investigation.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of the Victoria Police Department, this is the first such case related to e-sports in Australia. According to him, the number of such cases will only gradually grow.