2015’s Match Fixing Controversy for CS:GO Skins Collectors


Recently, Valve has released a blog post entitled “A Follow Up to Integrity and Fair Play” on January 5, 2016. The blog was an update addressed to the community regarding the issue that risen about a year ago on February 2015. Valve proceeds to emphasize the values they wish and strive to uphold within the gaming community, pro or not. They are hoping to welcome a new year without this controversy repeating itself and that match-fixing will be left in 2015 as something every player and CS:GO skins collector will learn from.

Betting for CS:GO Skins Collectors

Betting has become prominent for players around the world as they bet CS:GO skins and other items online during matches. Betting communities have risen over the years and has become part of the Counterstrike culture. Betting was taken to the next level, however, as large amount of money were being won during one of the biggest CS:GO competitions and has made headlines and controversies. More on that later on.

Match Fixing for CS:GO Skins Collectors

Match fixing is a sketchy business of bribing players for bigger earnings. Betting is a common thing during pro competitions as fans and the audience bet for their favorite teams during fights. Naturally, the team with the bigger name gets all the betters and the lesser known team get fewer betters. A fixed match will entail a player or players from the better known team to be bribed to throw a match against the lesser known team so the few people who bet on them get bigger winnings.

iBUYPOWER Match Fixing Controversy for CS:GO Skins Collectors

In August of the previous year one of America’s top teams, iBUYPOWER, played against NetcodeGuides.com on CEVO Professional Season 5 and was an expected easy win for these veterans. However, audiences were shocked by their gruesome defeat of 16-4. After analyzing the match, strange behavior of iBUYPOWER players were noticed as they were seen going for knife kills in strange situations and laughing as they lost. As veterans of the game and competitions who used to play with great concentration and seriousness, this was an unusual sight.

It was later confirmed, through investigations, that a number of valued items were won by iBUYPOWER players who used alternate accounts to bet on their opposing team as they themselves throw their own match.

After confirming this, Valve has permanently banned the following players in any Valve-sponsored events:

Duc “cud” Pham

Derek “dboorn” Boorn

Casey Foster

Sam “Dazed” Marine

Braxton “swag” Pierce

Keven “AZK” Larivière

Joshua “Steel” Nissan

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