A major UK esports organization Reason Gaming has been suspended from ELS Premiership due to alleged match fixing. The suspension happened just one week before they were supposed to play in the competition finals. This was very shocking move, and ELS claims that there will be a full investigation over the accusation that Reason Gaming was involved in match fixing when the team faced Radix Esports during week seven of the ELS Premiership.
The accusation is currently unproven, but the ELS believes that Reason Gaming threw the game against other team Radix, being defeated by 16-9. This was a supposed tactic so they would face Radix Esports again in the following rounds, as opposed to Method or Fish123.
Endpoint, CeX, Method, and Fish123 in the Finals
It should be noted that the other team will be suffering the consequences as the result of that allegedly fixed match has been voided. This means that in the finals, we will see team Method, Endpoint, CeX, and Fish 123 since both team Radix and Reason lost their spots in the rest of the competition and they have been dropped from the playoff finals.
CEO of Radix Esports organization, Michael Afro Todner, posted on his Twitter account after the decision, explaining the team was very disappointed since all team members have worked really hard in order to secure the game which was needed in order to get to the LAN. He also stated that the organization is far away from agreeing with the ELS on this one, and they are disappointed in how the organization handled the situation.
Cex Under Investigation as Well
Another team which will be competing in the finals is apparently also under investigation. Team CeX was defeated by Radix Esports by 16-5 the week before, but they kept their spot in the competition finals. It should be noted that ELS Premiership follows Code of Conduct, Esports Integrity Coalition, and Anti-Corruption Code, so the organization has to follow the rules of the fair play. ELS has invested a lot of time in revising penalties when it comes to cheating. It is more than apparent that these changes will greatly affect UK amateur esports tournaments.
When it comes to the current penalties for cheating practices such as match-fixing, they mostly constitute of a ban that may vary in length depending on the severity of the certain offense. The team which is accused of match-fixing may also need to pay a certain fine.
The current penalties also include forfeiture of prize money or disqualification if cheating is discovered before the end of a competition. We will see what will happen with Reason Gaming. It should be noted that the evidence hasn’t been made public yet by ELS.
However, there are many video clips posted, and the videos seem to show Reason Gaming players speaking and joking about the match. The video clip also features Reason Gaming players who are joking about bringing Adam Blanks Heath into the Reason Gaming team to play. You can easily find the video and listen to the conversation of Reason players. It really seems like they lost on purpose since they are joking all the time and don’t seem to take the match seriously at all.