Recently Australian authorities arrested six people in connection with alleged eSports gambling operations.
Victoria Police has confirmed six arrests made over alleged suspicious betting activities in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament.
According to the police report, “It’s alleged that players were arranging to throw matches and subsequently placing bets on those matches.”
The report confirms that “at least five matches were impacted and over 20 bets were put on the matches by Australian punters.”
“All six have been interviewed in relation to the offenses [sic] of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency, or use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes,” the police officials have revealed in a statement to the press.
The suspects, if convicted can face up to 10 years in prison.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said that it is unprecedented and that “Esports is really an emerging sporting industry and with that will come the demand for betting availability on the outcomes of tournaments and matches.”
eSports is gaining popularity, especially amongst the youth. Also, reports of eSports gambling is becoming more frequent. However, it is the first case in which arrests have been made over illegal eSports gambling.
While the suspects have been discharged the police can summon them for further questioning as the investigations are ongoing.