ESIC Bans 7 CS:GO Players for Alleged Match-Fixing in MDL Matches

The ESIC issued 12-month bans to seven MDL Australian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players for match-fixing and betting violations.
The ESIC issued 12-month bans to seven MDL Australian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players for match-fixing and betting violations. | Photo courtesy of MDL

The ESIC issued 12-month bans to seven MDL Australian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players Friday for alleged match-fixing and betting violations. The company was hired by ESEA to investigate the situation, and the first round of results were revealed.

A total of seven players were given bans.

  • Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [now playing as “stvn”]
  • Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
  • Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
  • Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster) [sometimes spelt “nettik”]
  • Damian “JD/The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
  • Carlos “Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
  • Joshua “jhd” Hough-devine (Rooster 2)

The players were found either placing bets on other MDL matches or their own games. The specific details will be shared at a later date as the investigation is still ongoing, per the ESIC.

The ESIC has also referred the matter to law enforcement due to the severity of the alleged offenses. The bans will not only take place in the MDL, but all members of the ESIC, which includes DreamHack, ESL, and BLAST. They ask that all non-member organizations respect the decisions made and use the sanctions against those seven players.

However, it will be up to other tournaments like Flashpoint or CS_Summit if they also wish to ban the players from participating.

The ESIC has stated they will continue to investigate any breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code for the MDL in both North America and Australia and will update the community accordingly. Due to the complex nature of these findings and future notes, it may take some time.