Australian branch of Kotaku reports that the Australian authorities have arrested six local players (aged 19-21) on suspicion of... fixng games in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The alleged perpetrators were supposed to agree on the results before taking bets (real money). Suspicions concern at least five matches.
The investigation started in March, this year, after a notification from the host agency - company employees reported unspecified 'suspicious activity' by several users. The arrested were released, but the investigators are continuing their work on the case, including cooperation with several other entities involved in betting in e-sports.
It is worth noting that this is the first situation of this kind in the history of the Australian police - the authorities are ensuring that crimes related to e-sports are taken seriously.
“Esports is really an emerging sporting industry and with that will come the demand for betting availability on the outcomes of tournaments and matches. (...) These warrants also highlight that police will take any reports of suspicious or criminal activity within esports seriously, and we encourage anyone with information to come forward,” said Deputy Commissioner Neil Paterson in a press release.
- CS:GO - official website
- CS:GO - game guide