The Korean eSports scene is reeling after a matchfixing scandal was discovered. A number of players and their coach have been arrested. They will also be banned from the competitive StarCraft 2 scene for life.
Prime’s head coach, Gerrard (Park Wae-Sik) and YoDa (Choi Byeong-Heon) have been banned for life. 10 others were arrested, including former progamer and esports journalist Enough (Seong Jun-mo), who acted as a broker.
Between January and June this year games were fixed with players intentionally losing after bets were taken on the final result.
[quote]“Since 2010, the association has worked alongside the rest of the industry to fight against the illegal betting that has continued to threaten the foundation of e-Sports,” said Korean eSports association (KeSPA).[/quote]
KeSPA was dismayed at eSports having another incident like this happen in its region, and promised to continue striving towards a healthy community with zero-tolerance of matchfixing.
The Changwon Regional Prosecutor’s office is still investigating the matter, which involves of South Korean Won. Those interested can find more details here.