New sanctions from ESIC for match fixing

New sanctions have been handed down by the Esports Integrity Commission. These new rulings are related to the recent spate of match-fixing issues in the North American CS:GO esports scene.

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The investigation

For the past few months the Esports Integrity Commission has been investigating a spate of match-fixing allegations relating to Season 35 of the ESEA Premier: North America tournament series. In April of 2021 they obtained a recording, a transcript and other details of a conversation between team members of the organisation, Rebirth.

There were three participants in the conversation, Sebastian ‘retchy’ Tropiano, Kevin ‘4pack’ Przypasniak, and Carson ‘nosraC’ O’Reilly. In this conversation, the team members spoke about another team and the potential that they could work together to manipulate the outcome of an upcoming match.

ESIC has sanctioned the three team members captured on the recording and made mention that they are in the middle of 34 other investigations surrounding the series. An interesting statement from the Commission stated:

“Notably, ESIC has observed compelling evidence that suggests that organised crime groups and foreign betting syndicates were involved in fraudulent activities during the course of Season 35 of the ESEA Premier: North America.”

This could have very serious implications for the CS:GO esports scene in the US. While it doesn’t look like it has reached the top tier of esports events, many CS:GO pros may have been approached by bad actors looking to influence the matches. We could be looking at a repeat of the ongoing issues facing the Australian CS:GO scene.

Results of the investigation

The Esports Integrity Commission handed down three Notices of Charge to the individuals noted below. As a result of these notices, the three players have been banned from competing in any ESIC member events for the duration of their ban.

Sebastian “retchy” Tropiano:

  • 5 Year Ban Issued
  • Ban Start: 2nd April 2021
  • Ban End: 1st April 2026

Kevin “4pack” Przypasniak (also known as ‘Yugorov Prezpasniak’):

  • 5 Year Ban Issued
  • Ban Start: 2nd April 2021
  • Ban End: 1st April 2026

Carson “nosraC” O’Reilly:

  • 111 day ban issued
  • Ban Start: 2nd April 2021
  • Ban End: 22nd July 2021 (ban served)

ESIC members include ESL, DreamHack, BLAST, WePlay, Eden, and more. The above players will no longer be able to compete at any sort of professional level for what would be considered the best years of their careers. They probably won’t be able to compete in any form, ESIC has also requested that all non-ESIC affiliated tournaments and leagues should also respect the ban. For retchy and 4pack, this is essentially the end of their esports journey.

What’s next?

ESIC have stated that they have 34 ongoing investigations into the matter, and I suspect that they will dig up some more dirt. If they were confident enough to say that organised crime groups were involved, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were working with police or other relevant authorities for a more wider reaching investigation.

As for the players, nosraC may have a viable career in the future but the other sanctioned team members may not compete again.

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