The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and SportRadar have issued a joint statement revealed that Leonid ‘Sonic’ Kuzmenkov and Dmitri ‘Ax.Mo’ Morozov, players for Dota 2 team Dx, have been banned for two years for matchfixing.
The players have been banned from future Uprise Champions Cup tournaments following an investigation by Sportradar Integrity Services into the team’s recent match against Yellow Submarine. ESIC say that the investigation was launched after “concerns and rumours around a Dota 2 match playerd in the World Cyber Arena European Qualifiers for the CIS region in September 2017.”
Although the event is under the WCA banner, UCC are the local tournament organisers and also the outfit that operated the event.
Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner, said about the event: “It is always depressing to see young esports athletes succumb to the temptations that matchfixing presents. But I remain hopeful that this decision will send a powerful deterrent message to esports athletes across the various titles and tournaments – that ESIC are more than happy to follow up questions and concerns around matches, even when those matches do not fall under our existing coverage partnerships. Sportradar’s fully tailored Fraud Detection System was on hand to help us get to the bottom of the betting patterns globally and off the back of that, we have been able to underline our commitment to clean and credible esports.”