Nine arrested in SC2 match-fixing scandal

by theScore Staff Oct 19 2015
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Korean prosecutors have released an official report following news that Prime's head coach and one of the team's players were banned for life after being found guilty of match-fixing.

The Changwon Regional Prosecution Service's report, translated by Kwanghee Woo for Team Liquid, reveals that 12 individuals are suspected to have participated in match-fixing. Those individuals include Prime head coach Park "Gerrard" Oi Sik, and pros Choi "YoDa" Byung Hyun and Choi "BBoongBBoong" Jong Hyuk.

Of those 12, nine, including those mentioned above, have been arrested. Two more have been indicted, while one suspect remains at large.

Following a report on suspected match-fixing, police began investigating in August 2015. Over the next two months, police indicted and arrested the individuals they suspect to be involved in the scandal. Prosecutors are confident that they have identified everyone who is involved.

In their report, prosecutors allege that five games were fixed across multiple leagues, including the SKT Proleague. Gerrard, YoDa and BBoong are alleged to have each received between $5,000 to $20,000 USD to fix these matches.

According to police, brokers first approached Gerrard by posing as sponsors and donating small portions of funds to the team to earn his trust before broaching the possibility of match-fixing. Gerrard allegedly talked with YoDa and BBoong on the matter, where each subsequently and successfully fixed one match.

"At first they acquired the progamer's services through Gerrard, but after one successful fix, the player was contacted directly by the broker and offered large compensation for match-fixing," Prosecutors said in the report. "After YoDa was paid to match-fix once, the brokers blackmailed YoDa into manipulating additional matches free of compensation by threatening to expose his doings."

In addition, another broker allegedly attempted to offer match-fixing to pros through Facebook, though the report says that the pros declined such offers.

Though there have been cases in the past of players participating in match-fixing, this case is the first where a coach is alleged to have actively engaged in match-fixing with players on his team.

Preston Dozsa is a writer for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.