WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports Events have disqualified a team from the OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division event after they were found guilty of match-fixing – something that not even the online Dota 2 tournaments can avoid.
In a press release from earlier today, WePlay! confirmed that the team LING ER had been disqualified from the OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division tournament this morning following match-fixing allegations. In their report, WePlay! reveal that they investigated two separate series: Execration versus Cignal Ultra and LING ER versus DeMonster. Their initial findings for the first series came back inconclusive as their data did not show any large bets placed on a victory for Cignal – who in turn lost the series and it was concluded that this was not a throw by the team.
However, when it came to the second series, WePlay! picked up on suspicious betting activity in game two, which was lost by LING ER. This evidence pointed towards an intentional loss by the players and thus the decision to disqualify and ban the team was made. Vitaliy ‘Nexius’ Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! had the following to say on this matter,
We’ve looked at the match between Linger and DeMonster ourselves and asked for opinions and any data from analysts, players, and representatives of betting companies. The evidence we have and the subjective opinions we heard are consistent that Linger lost the second game of the series intentionally.”source: WePlay! Esports
The ban excludes the five players for participating in any event organised by both WePlay! Esports as well as Epic Esports Events for the time period of one year – ending on August 31st, 2021. However, it is the prerogative of both organisations as to whether or not the ban will indeed be lifted and could be extended depending on further allegations or findings.
LING ER were not originally a part of the OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division event, having been brought in quite late as a replacement for Team Ocean. The team, a mix of Chinese and Malaysian players, is as follows:
- Yeo ‘TigerCat’ Chun Kiat
- Wang ‘大猪’ Jie
- Law ‘眼高手低’ Chee Hoong
- Liew ‘Bee’ Wei Hang
- Hao ‘76561198125784995’ Zeng
Match-fixing continues to be a problem within Dota 2, especially within smaller events where players and teams feel that it is possible to get away with it. For these five players, who are all unknown, this could spell an early end to their Dota 2 careers. For now, OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division continues with two days of group stage action remaining as the first proper eliminations draw near.