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Another 'StarCraft' Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea ( 95

dotarray writes: "Five years ago, the professional StarCraft community was rocked by a massive cheating scandal – now it looks like history is repeating, as twelve StarCraft II gamers have been arrested in South Korea over charges of match-fixing and illegal betting." From the article: Those arrested include Gerrard (Park Wae-Sik), head coach of pro gaming team PRIME, and one of his team members, YoDa (Choi Byeong-Heon). ... The games in question, according to the prosecutor's investigation, include five professional-level StarCraft II matches, which were played between January and June 2015 including as part of the GSL Season 1 and SKT Proleague Season 1. Pro-gamer YoDa has been accused of receiving money to deliberately lose matches, while Gerrard stands charged with receiving money from brokers, connecting players to brokers, and suggesting to players that they might like to lose a game or two and get paid.
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Another 'StarCraft' Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Can only shake my head in amazement.

    Hey, folks, *it's just a computer game*! Have you to get justice & police involved in that too?

    What next? A little military intervention? A little invasion?

    Human masochism knows no limits.

    • It's an industry based on a computer game.
      Much like professional boxing became an industry based on a sparring game.

  • That is the biggest cheating pile of crap ever.

  • Only old Korean people cheat at StarCraft.

    Isn't that how it went?

  • If Starcraft cheating can rock all of Korea then Korea has some serious problems that go far beyond Starcraft cheating,
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Or remarkably few problems in a society that is so idyllic that it cares deeply about trivialities.

    • From one of the linked articles:

      As more names are revealed, more eSports identities will be banned for life, (..)

      Banned from Starcraft for life, you know how serious that is? I mean you might as well shoot them. Their life would be over. They might as well jump off a bridge after receiving that punishment.

      • Don't be too sarcastic here..

        Look, like it or not, *some* of these players do it professionally. They get PAID to play the games and if they get banned it means the loss of their jobs. They will have to go out and find new work now. What kind of work do you think they can get with experience like this?

        This is like a professional sports player getting caught rigging games and getting tossed out of their sport, only in these cases, playing video games doesn't pay all that well and it's doubtful they have

    • Re:Really? (Score:4, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 19, 2015 @09:02AM (#50757373)


    • If Starcraft cheating can rock all of Korea then Korea has some serious problems that go far beyond Starcraft cheating,

      In America with the current economy, you're lucky if you can get paid to clean toilets. In Korea, you can get paid to play computer games, and do so poorly.

    • by guruevi ( 827432 )

      I think if 16 players across teams at the NFL were arrested in the USA, it would be 'rocking' the nation just as much.

  • I just googled ‘zerg rush’, and forgot all about the google easter egg..

    Re. the OP, gambling on the outcome of sports is a deep and dark problem that has plagued humanity since the dawn of betting on sports.. Horseracing, athletics, boxing, football, american football, cricket, baseball - Throwing games of Starcraft was an inevitable, predictable continuation of a long standing activity.

  • A nuclear explosion rocks Korea. Death of president rock Korea ... but this .... ????
  • Gambling is stupid. Anyone who gambles is already being ripped off.

    • Which is about as insightful as saying "people shouldn't commit crimes". It's utterly meaningless, because it ignores the fact that it happens despite your trite statement.

      I can give you a huge list of one line Hallmark throwaway statements like "be nice to one another".

      They, too, are utterly useless in the real world.

      The reality is, people gamble. And in anything where there are winners and losers, someone will always be willing to cheat.

      What's most shocking here is that people are acting like this comes

      • The reality is that people who gamble are stupid. The house - or whoever makes the rules - always wins. They are the smart guys who wouldn't even be in the game if they weren't winning.

        • You are assuming a "house" is involved. You seem to have reduced the idea of gambling to playing specific games at a casino. If you have a game like roulette, with 36 slots all with equal chance of the ball rolling into, and someone asked if you would like to wager 1$ that you could guess the slot with a payoff of 40$ if you guess correctly, then this is still 'gambling' (a game of chance played for money).

    • Re:Gambling (Score:5, Funny)

      by Translation Error ( 1176675 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @09:09AM (#50757413)

      Gambling is stupid. Anyone who gambles is already being ripped off.

      Wanna bet?

      • Gambling is stupid. Anyone who gambles is already being ripped off.

        Wanna bet?

        Sure, but I get to hold the money..

    • Gambling is stupid. Anyone who gambles is already being ripped off.

      Especially in Illinois where because the state hasn't passed a budget, any lottery winners of over $600 cannot be paid.... People are STILL playing the game though... Gota love those people who are born every min...

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @08:54AM (#50757351) Homepage

    It really is simple: if there is money changing hands, or prestige, or pretty much anything else ... then it will be worth it for someone to cheat, take a dive, or otherwise engage in fixing the outcome.

    It happens in pretty much any endeavor in which people are betting, getting paid, or pretty much anything else which is a reward.

    Why the heck would anybody think video games would be any different?

    This is pretty much basic human nature. Getting all breathless that it happens in a video game seems kind of stupid. It has happened in every other endeavor, why the hell not this?

    You don't go all weepy after you discover it, you start off and say "I bet some crooked bastard cheats". You pass rules about it. You check it. You monitor it.

    But you don't suddenly go "zomg, teh cheaterz" and act like nobody saw it coming. Someone somewhere will always find a way to cheat if there is something to be had out of it.

  • by reve_etrange ( 2377702 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @03:13PM (#50760519)

    The summary is extremely misleading at best. The 12 indicted individuals include one team coach and two progamers only, not 12 gamers as claimed.

    All of the rest of the 12 are brokers or gangsters who instigated the match fixing. One is currently a fugitive in Korea.

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