The charge against the players is that they threw matches that they wagered on.
After a police inquiry into the match fixing of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games, five Australians have been charged to court. This is coming after six players were arrested in August, over allegations of throwing matches they wagered on. CS:GO is becoming an increasing popular game to bet on, like a lot of video games nowadays, you can bet on video games as well as playing online casino games, in this instance, you then will be able to bet on yourself and predict how you will play and finish, instead of having to match fix video games.
This way of betting is illegal within the game. CSGO itself has not just become a huge computer game but has also turned itself into its own casino. The game has now integrated gambling into it, where you can play casino games, like poker variants
, roulette, coin flipping and more! Players have become very eager to play this new form of gambling as you can win prizes that can then be redeemed for real cash, just like playing in an online casino.
Sources in the Victoria Police department revealed that four people aged 20 and one 27 years old have been sued for the possession of cannabis and "use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes". In Australia, when one is found guilty of such offences, they can incur a jail time of up to 10 years. They’ve been scheduled to appear in court on September 15th. Crazy isn’t it, imagine having to serve a decade in prison all because you wanted to fix a video game that would then win you some extra cash.
One of them has also received a separate charge of getting involved in activities that are meant to alter betting or the outcome of betting on an event or its contingency, plus the possession of cannabis.
These charges cover 5 different CS: GO matches, and the investigation started after one of the Australian betting firms alerted the police. Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson revealed to the police last year through the fixed bet, they were able to win up to AU$30,000. Now that is a lot of money but certainly not enough for 10 years in prison. Is any amount of money worth that?
Last year, there was also a report on the ABC that the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Australia is carrying out an investigation on the connection between an anonymous Overwatch team in the country and criminal activities.
This is not the first match fixing scandal to appear within the game of CS:GO
. Valve had to ban numerous players for doing a similar sort of act back in 2015. However, consequences like this were not put into place and betting companies and the game developers are happy to finally see some sort of punishment being acted on. It is a warning to future players that wish to get involved in a similar sort of act. It is not tolerated and not fair for them to ruin the game for other players and fans.
The audiences for these types of games are forever increasing and therefore they need to knuckle down on the laws of the game to make it a safer platform where everyone has a fair chance of playing.