Flusha Convicted of Tax Evasion Worth $100,000 in Prizes

Flusha competes at DreamHack Summer 2015.
Flusha competes at DreamHack Summer 2015. | Photo by Rikard Söderberg/DreamHack

Fnatic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin "flusha" Rönnquist has reportedly been convicted of tax evasion dating back to 2015, failing to report more than $100,000 in prize money as income. Flusha claimed the failure to report was a mistake on his part and has managed to avoid jail time.

Flusha will pay back the missing tax plus a 40% surcharge, totaling around 200,000 kronor (around $23,300), per Swedish outlet Fragbite. He will have to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of a four-month imprisonment and pay 800 kronor ($100) to the Swedish Crime Victims Fund. He will be able to compete as he serves his community service sentence.

Per Swedish law, prize money from esports events must be declared as income and be subject to income tax. Prosecutors on the case charged Flusha opted not to report the income knowing he would have to pay taxes on it. Flusha denied that claim, saying he had no malicious intent in failing to report.

Flusha failed to report 1.04 million Swedish kronor, or roughly $120,000, in 2015. That year was one of the most productive in Flusha's CS:GO career, as he won ESL One Katowice 2015, ESL One Cologne 2015, DreamHack Open Tours, DreamHack Open Summer, the ESL Pro League Season 1 and 2 Finals, and the FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals. Fnatic's total winnings totaled around $1 million that year.

Flusha and Fnatic will continue to compete in Flashpoint Season 2, their next match scheduled for Friday against MAD Lions.