You can tell eSports has grown and become more accepted as a sport when people start match-fixing games. That is what happened in Korea when the accused were arrested for match-fixing Overwatch games.
The Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency Cyber Bureau officially charged two men with interference with business. The two, the player manager and coach of local eSports team Luminous Solar. They have both been charged without detention for attempting to fix a qualifying match for the second season of the APEX Overwatch league.
Event organizer OGN, a Korean eSports cable channel, has banned Luminous Solar’s player-manager Jin Seok-hoon and coach Baek Min-jeh for allegedly offering sponsorship to rival team UnLimited. In return, UnLimited would need to forfeit the qualifying match back in February.
Illegal gambling on eSports is a major problem in South Korea where the winnings can surpass that of actually winning a tournament itself so it isn’t difficult to see how some would look to profit from having the knowledge of an outcome before the game is played.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.