The player manager and the coach of the Luminous Solar Overwatch team in South Korea have both been booked for price fixing without detention. The Cyber Crime Bureau of the Gyeonggi Bukbu police booked them following the discovery that the team had engaged in match fixing activities. This marks a significant development. There had not been any concerns over price fixing in Overwatch matches in the past.
Luminous Solar had participated in match fixing activities for the OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger Season 2 event. This comes not long after Luminous had been banned for life from competing in the event. That came as a result of actions they engaged in.
The move means that the two people involved have been charged with engaging in illegal activities. As a result, they are unable to take part in a number of basic Overwatch activities. They may also be limits from participating in other eSports events. These events that entail other games.
This move comes amid the ongoing Overwatch season. It occurs especially amid concerns. These concerns regard that match fixing people involved can use for controlling outcomes in eSports. This could influence the eSports betting industry in a negative manner. It is depending on what occurs within the industry. It is also depending on how such problems people involved try to contol.
Results of the Investigation
The booking of the two Luminous members came following an analysis of the team’s actions in the Overwatch league. During a wild card qualifier final between Luminous and UnLimited, Luminous had won the match. However the organization found during an investigation of the match that Jin Seok-hook, the player manager for Luminous, and coach Baek Min-jeh offered its sponsorship of the UnLimited team in the future. This would be in exchange for UnLimited forfeiting the match.
It has also been discovered that Jin and Baek both used a fake doctor’s certificate. They used it in order to confirm that one player had to be replaced for another at the last minute before a match.
As a result, organization has banned Jim, Baek and Luminous from all OGN events. The organization also banned Choi Yoon-soo of UnLimited. He is a player who worked alongside the Luminous team to get the scheme under control.
A Common Issue
Match fixing has been a worry in South Korea over the years. This is due to the popularity of eSports in the country and the rise of betting on such games around the country. Especially in recent time.
The most significant match fixing problem in South Korea occurred in 2010. This came amid the bust of a massive match fixing ring in the Starcraft field. That is one of the more popular esports scenes in the country.
Fans of the Overwatch eSports community have especially expressed concern over the recent activity of Luminous. This comes amid fears that such activities could continue to grow in the future. This is especially worrisome to fans considering how the Overwatch community is relatively young. It has only been developing in recent time to include more teams and matches.