Fixed matches in eSports, is it worth looking for them and placing bets on them?
Match fixing has been a huge problem throughout the history of big-time sport, as it killed the spirit of fairness and competition. And with the advent of bookmakers, the situation has become even more threatening. Betting against oneself, the game for a certain result, has become widespread. Unfortunately, esports also did not escape this fate, some situations have gone down in history for a long time.
The entrepreneurial clients of the bookmaker immediately began trying to squeeze the maximum benefit out of the situation: some are trying to sell false information about fake games, others trustingly buy this information. We are figuring out how to independently establish the contractual nature of an esports duel and not fall for the bait of scammers.
You can find out more about fixing matches in football in a special material.
- Why do teams need agreements?
- How is the bogus character of the meeting expressed?
- The use of match fixing in esports betting
Why do teams need agreements?
Esports is a young direction, which is just beginning to grow overgrown with federations, strict regulations and additional control levers. Therefore, in various disciplines, there are “agreements”. There are several reasons for this:
- Uneven distribution of prize pools – a great “picture” is the huge money that is played at The International in Dota 2 ($ 40,018,195) and the PGL Major in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ($ 2,000,000). But most championships have much smaller prize money, so esports players have to look for an alternative way to earn money;
- Lack of support from the organization – special attention should be paid to matches of teams that have no contracts. Such stacks are usually collected for a short period of time, they are not afraid of losing an agreement with an esports team. It is these squads that most often turn out to be involved in contractual fights;
- The lack of proper control is the next important point, the inability to control the holding of each individual tournament in small regions (South Asia, South America). At the moment, far from all competitions are broadcast, it becomes almost impossible to prove the real contractual nature of individual matches. And in China, there was an egregious case when a fake tournament was organized, in which, to achieve the desired result, some teams consisted of bots – controlled by personal artificial intelligence;
- It is difficult to prove this fact on the basis of the game – in e-sports it is quite difficult to establish the fact of a fixed match if one of the players does not independently place a bet at the bookmaker's office. Based on the video analysis, it is impossible to say with certainty that the performer intentionally shoots past or commits the wrong actions. In addition, the player may refer to poor health, health problems;
- Banal greed is an opportunity to put a large sum against oneself and get a reliable win, a great temptation, before which even experienced and eminent cybersportsmen often agreed to agreements. For example, Alexey “Solo” Berezin is remembered all over the world for both his cool game and his $ 100 bet against his team. And the final prize of $ 322 has become an esports meme for a long time.
You can find the factors influencing the result of esports matches in a separate review.
How is the bogus character of the meeting expressed?
There are various match-fixing mechanics, which eventually become visible even to the most inexperienced client of the bookmaker's office in terms of e-sports. The main options for collective collusion in this case are:
- On the result of the series – this is how the RoxKis team lost, for which Alexey “Solo” Berezin played. The team had already solved all the tournament tasks and was without motivation. Opponent zRage struggled to get into the playoffs with all his might. As a result, the Rocks lost the streak, and their captain bet the opponent to win with the odds of 3.22;
- The outcome of a single card – often the favorite realizes that after the first card won, he can relax, losing on the second, and then bring the matter to the final victory in the future. Therefore, some collectives abuse this opportunity;
If on the second map the coefficient for the victory of an outsider begins to fall, and a stronger team suddenly begins to make a large number of mistakes, we can conclude about the contractual nature of a particular playing segment
- Over / under totals – in the event of a collision between a clear favorite and an outsider, you can safely bet on the “grassroots” total. And on its breakthrough, the coefficients grow to a solid size. And therefore, some collectives are conspiring to take advantage of this opportunity. The Meta4Pro team was notorious because it lost very big to everyone on the first and third maps, and sent the second to their piggy bank with the maximum total.
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The use of match fixing in esports betting
It should be noted right away that it is highly discouraged to use match-fixing in e-sports, as in any other form. This is especially true of the acquisition of information, which is offered by some supposedly “knowledgeable people”
It can be said that most often the organization of “agreements” takes place in the strictest secrecy, so the possibility of information going beyond the circle of customers and performers is minimal.
In addition, more often than not, false sellers simply make up information, choose events and higher odds at random. The purchase of a fixed match almost always results in a double loss of money (for the purchase and for the bet)
You can find and catch a high coefficient for a fixed match in the line yourself. But you need to understand that this action has a downside. In exceptional situations, when the bookmaker is sure of the fact of fraud, it can calculate the bet as a refund. And if you often guess with “dogs”, you can get under the blocking of your personal account and further investigation into the fact of using dishonest methods of making a profit.
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Unfortunately, match-fixing is an integral part of professional sports. And the peculiarities of the cybersport direction only contribute to their holding within the framework of small championships in various disciplines. Betting on events that are potentially bogus should be avoided. In addition, we strongly advise you to abandon the purchase of “agreements”, as most often it becomes a scam for money.