LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JANUARY 25: Visitors watch a game of an e-sport tournament `Dota 2` during the digital festival DreamHack Leipzig on January 25, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. DreamHack combines a variety of digital entertainment, including e-sport tournaments, LAN parties, Pokemon competitions and virtual reality presentations, as well as a cosplay contest. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

Match-fixing has been a big topic of reporting lately in the DOTA 2 community, and a lot of it is coming from players who just don’t care about rules apparently. It’s been so bad, that even Liquipedia, a website that posts stats and results of matches, has had to change its rules in order to not accidentally help those who are trying to match fix.


But now we have a little more insider information, coming to us from Beyond the Summit co-found David “GoDz” Parker, who in a recent interview said that he thinks the problem is much bigger than most people realize. GoDz helps organize and run DOTA 2 tournaments in North America, Europe, And Southeast Asia, and says he is frequently hearing about teams and games having to be reviewed for match-fixing, and that banning players and even entire TEAMS is no longer a rare occurrence. 

And it makes sense. In a recent investigation into the teams’ Yellow Submarine and Cyber Legacy, we learned that players are being offered BOATLOADS of money, all on the condition that they get their teammates to go along with throwing the match and losing. And it’s not just losing the game, it also involves these weird prop bets of things like first blood, first to ten kills, and things like that, that might be easier overall for a single player to influence and make happen. 

GoDz said in his interview:

“I’ve heard allegations that 75 percent of teams in Southeast Asia are involved with it. I don’t agree with that number necessarily, but this is something that someone behind an esports betting data type of company has told me.”

David “GoDz” Parker

And this is all very concerning. Will we ever see a solution to this? It’s not like tournament organizers can just ban players outright without proof, so unless the community starts cleaning up its own act and holding its players accountable, there doesn’t seem to be much of a solution on the horizon.


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