E-Sports Betting Upset By Appalling Behaviour

Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Online-Casinos.com
E-Sports Betting Upset By Appalling Behaviour

The e-sports gambling trend has resulted in a number of issues that leave betters not sure of the validity and safety of the process. A recent post has revealed X-bet and UltraPlay have stopped offering markets on the ProDotaCup esports event over allegations of  match-fixing and betting irregularities.

Betting operator X-bet, a sponsor of the competition, made the claim after providing evidence of fixing and collusion in a game between Sqreen’s Squad vs Nemiga Gaming during the Upper-Bracket Preliminary of ProDotaCup Europe #25.

X-bet maintains it has discovered at least three such instances of fixing and irregularities in the six months since it began sponsoring the ProDotaCup.

Russ Stevens, of X-bet.co, commented on the situation,  “Match fixing causes a financial loss to the operator but what is worse is that it jeopardises the relationship between the teams and the esports fans which affects the esports community as a whole.

“We have been surprised to see that there are bettors with a 100%-win rate on chosen ProDotaCup matches during the last three months. That made us think more about the existence of a tight-knit syndicate around the PDCup tournament, with usage of insider information in order to wager on the match outcomes.”

Peter Ivanov, Head of esports trading department, also commented, “We have evaluated the cases related to ProDotaCup and have decided to stop offering odds on this tournament to our network. We believe that any existence of match-fixing and betting collusion is damaging both financially and reputationally the organisations involved, but moreover they badly affect the overall esports betting ecosystem.

“We are covering a wide range of games and their respective tournaments and when such cases pop up we have to move quick, together with all related parties, in order to eradicate these practices and send a strong message to teams and players that we will not tolerate such appalling behaviour.”

ProDotaCup has been contacted, but is yet to respond to the allegations.


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