Infographic: Punishments in esports vs. traditional sports

by theScore Staff May 2 2017

Earlier this month, CS:GO streamer Braxton "swag" Pierce stood in for Cloud9 at cs_summit. The news came as a surprise, considering the young player's lifetime ban from Valve events after his participation in the 2014 iBUYPOWER match fixing scandal.

Some have argued the punishment did not fit the crime, especially considering swag was just 17 at the time.

theScore esports took a look at some of the most high profile cheating and match fixing punishments in esports and compared them to examples from the world of traditional sports to find out who has it tougher.

So how do the two compare?

After the infamous Deflategate incident, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received only a four-game suspension (though the team paid a $1 million fine and lost two draft picks). Compare that to StarCraft legend Lee "Life" Seung Hyun who was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended by three years, and a ₩70 million ($61,552 USD) fine on top of a lifetime ban from KeSPA.

What do you think? Do the esports powers that be need to be more sparing in their use of the ban-hammer? Or is it necessary to make sure players know that if they do the crime, they're damn sure going to do the time?

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.