Four CS Players Get Banned For Matchfixing

29 Nov 2023
Tit Krajnik 29 Nov 2023
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  • Esports Integrity Commission announced it has banned four CS players for matchfixing
  • Among those players is Dmitriy "SENSEi" Shvorak
  • The quarter received a two-year ban from competition
ESIC Statement (credit: via Twitter (@ESIC_Official))
On Wednesday, November 29, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) announced it had suspended four Ukrainian Counter-Strike players for match-fixing. The names on the list include Dmitriy "SENSEi" Shvorak, Max "THRONE" Semenov, Artur "DarkS1DE" Kravchenko, and Danylo "nat1ve" Bakin.

The quartet received a two-year suspension from all ESIC member events due to breaches of the Anti-Corruption code. As confirmed by ESIC, it has significant evidence of suspicious and unusual betting on matches, involving the four players.

Of the four, SENSEi is the most notable name, as he is the highest-rated player of the Ukrainian quarter. He has already been banned for attempted engagement in match-fixing activities during his time at Project X, which he played for between October 2020 and March 2021.

SENSEi was also a part of the controversial team Akuma. The latter were the subject of an open letter signed by 14 Counter-Strike teams, calling Valve to investigate the team due to a possibility of its engagement in match-fixing. However, SENSEi's charges only relate to his time at Project X before he joined Akuma.

In the announcement, ESIC stated that the two-year bans follow an in-depth investigation into Project X, Akuma, and MAJESTY. The Project X and MAJESTY roster also featured Natus Vincere's Ihor "w0nderful" Zhdanov, who was also accused of being involved in match-fixing. However, he has not been punished for any wrongdoings.

As explained by ESIC, nat1ve, DarkS1DE, and THRONE were all banned due to match-fixing charges surrounding an unnamed Bulgarian LAN event that happened between August and December 2020. The event in question is likely Bellum Gens Elite Stara Zagora 2020, where MAJESTY made the semifinals where they lost against MBAPEEK.

The Ukrainian players were charged with match-fixing on October 24, meaning that their ban will expire on October 24, 2025, when they'll be allowed to attend ESIC members events.

Most Banned Players Don't Compete Anymore

Of the four banned players, DarkS1DE is no longer active in the Counter-Strike scene. He was last seen in the pro scene in January 2022 when he served as a coach for Esports Club Kyiv. Likewise, nat1ve hasn't been active in the scene since January 2022, when he left Run or Die, while THRONE retired in December 2020 after leaving MAJESTY.

SENSEi is the only still active Counter-Strike player. He is a member of Team 7AM, but he hasn't competed at the top level since his time at Akuma in 2021.