Vici Gaming’s coach, Bai “rOtK” Fan got himself in a bit of trouble after he finished his stream session from today, December 10. He forgot to turn off the camera and the microphone and went on talking with someone who was in the room about how much money he lost from betting on the MegaFon Winter Clash lower bracket finals, PSG.LGD versus Natus Vincere.
According to the short conversation which could be heard on his stream, rOtK placed “a few” bets during the event and lost around ¥50, 000 RMB (~$7,000) by betting on LGD in the lower bracket finals. The VoD of rOtK’s stream can be found here and it translates as follows:
00:01 – 00:02 Rotk: I’m heading to the dining room to eat
00:07 – 00:08 Rotk: LGD are just a bunch of bastards
00:10 – 00:12 Rotk: They f***ed me over pretty hard
00:13 Rotk: Son of a b*tch
00:14 – 00:17 Rotk: I won like ¥50,000
00:19 – 00:20 Rotk: And then I lost all of them thanks to LGD
00:22 – 00:25 XXX: That’s a lot! How much did you bet?
00:27 – 00:28 Rotk: ¥ 20-30 thousand each game
00:30 XXX: How many games have you bet on?
00:31 Rotk: A few
00:34 XXX: Damn
00:35 Rotk: LGD are bastards
00:36 -00:37 Rotk: How did they lose to Na’Vi?
00:41- 00:43 XXX: I think LGD lost due to bad drafts, what the f*ck were they playing
Dota 2 community has never been presented with a rulebook for those directly involved in the professional scene. But, back in 2016, Valve has actually made it clear to all the CS:GO professionals, be them players, coaches or team managers, that they are forbidden to place bets on professional games, even if their team is not playing in that respective match.
Extract from Valve’s rules for CS:GO
“Professional players, teams, and anyone involved in the production of CS:GO events, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.
To clarify – as a professional player, team manager or event production staff, it is common to have personal relationships and/or privileged information about other teams and players. Because of this, we will always assume that you have access to private CS:GO-related “inside information” that might give you an unfair advantage when placing a bet on any CS:GO game or match.
Betting using inside information, or even the perception or suspicion thereof, carries a significant risk of damaging your personal brand, your team, your community, and may lead to exclusion from future Valve-sponsored events.”
In rOtK’s case, the “inside information” which could give him an unfair advantage when placing a bet is all the info he gets from Vici Gaming’s scrims. Soon after the VoD of his stream got viral in China, rOtk gave a few explanations on his Weibo page, and stated that he didn’t actually bet himself on the MegaFon matches, but he was advising a friend.
“Regarding my stream on December 10
- The whole thing started with one of my closest friends asking me for (betting) suggestions. I felt LGD are in a good shape, but then he kept asking if this suggestion is legit. So I told him “trust me, if you lose I will bear half of your losses.” But personally I’ve never bet, I earn enough to make a living and I don’t need to do things like this to ruin my reputation.
- I’ve known these LGD players for a long time. When we meet in person we call each other ”bastards” or ”dogs”. It’s actually a norm in the scene. I may curse a lot but I have no intention to insult them, I think players of LGD can testify.
- I’m pretty outspoken and my words could be misleading to those who don’t know me well. My words did cause some negative reactions, so here I’d like to apologize to all Dota 2 fans.”
Two of the PSG.LGD players did indeed testify for him on Weibo. The team captain and one of the best support players of all times, Xu “fy” Linsen said the followings:
“rOtk is an indelicate person, but as his former teammate, I know how serious he is about his career. He’s not someone who would get involved in betting or match-fixing.
PSG.LG’d mid lane player Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao who actually started his professional career at Vici Gaming back in 2013, also posted on Weibo and confirmed that the players are sometimes using insulting words at each other but in a friendly manner.
“All of us get along really well in real life and we’re used to scold each other. My boys, don’t get mad. Next time when I meet them in tournaments I will beat Yang’s ass and swear at rOtk in return.”
Valve made no comment on the incident so far, but Vici Gaming announced that they conducted an investigation with China Construction Bank regarding rOtK’s account activities from December 7th to 9th and didn’t find any unusual transactions. However, they banned him indefinitely from streaming and fined their coach with ¥100,000 (~$14,500).
“rOtk has failed to demonstrate his professionalism and positive image to the public. Under no circumstance will our club tolerate such behavior and such improper words.
Effective immediately, we’re indefinitely banning rOtk from live streaming and impose a fine of ¥100,000,” said Vici Gaming on their official Facebook and Weibo pages while also presenting a few screenshots of rOtK’s bank account transactions from the past weekend, when the MegaFon Winter Clash event took place.
At the end of their post, Vici Gaming stated that they will continue to investigate this matter and will release updates if they find anything new.
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