Game Publishers Under Pressure On E-Sports Integrity

A betting scandal involving an analyst working for a team playing Dota 2 who backed them to win has once again thrown the spotlight on the developing nature of integrity issues within e-sports and the role of publishers in policing the space.

The incident was uncovered at the start of March when Allen Cook, an analyst with the Ad Finem Dota 2 team, revealed that he had bet on the team and their rivals OG to place first and second in the Boston Major tournament, an outcome which did occur. The winning forecast paid out and Cook won £1,110, and subsequently boasted of it on social media.

Cook issued a statement claiming the bets were made “in good faith”, adding that he would not be repeating the mistake. However, the incident could yet have far-reaching effects.

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