eSports match-fixing scandals show need for regulation

Recent match-fixing scandals that have rocked the world of eSports have highlighted the need for regulation if the industry is to continue to thrive, according to market participants. In the latest scandal South Korean investigators recently made 12 arrests over five rigged StarCraft II matches. Three of those arrested for their involvement in the fix, which is said to have netted tens of thousands of dollars from illegal betting, were two eSports players and a coach. The Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) said it plans to hand down lifetime bans to the trio. It seems that where there’s competition and betting, fixers are never far away. Even video gaming is now in their crosshairs.   These days, eSports is big business, especially in the Far East. According to SuperData, it’s now a global industry worth $747.5 million, with Asia accounting for $321 million of that revenue, and is set to rise to $1.9...

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