Victoria Police Investigating Organized Crime Link To Australian Overwatch Contenders Team

Category: Overwatch, Date: 24/9/2019

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The Victoria Police investigations led to the possibility of organized crime tied to an Overwatch Contenders Australian team.

The ABC’s 7.30 reports, that an ongoing investigation from Victoria Police resulted in the arrest of six Counter-Strike players, and that they believe that as much as $30,000 has been won from fixed Counter-Strike matches.

In addition, the ABC reported that Victoria Police are investigating organized crime linked to the ownership of an Overwatch Contenders Australian team. The name of the team under investigation wasn’t made public.

“We are seeing people encroach on that area that have reputations that [mean they] probably … shouldn’t be involved in this part of esports. I could absolutely guarantee that this wouldn’t be the only [alleged] incidence of match fixing or betting anomalies on esports environments in the Australian market.” The assistant police commissioner of the Victoria Police, Neil Paterson, stated.

Blizzard has yet to release a statement in regards to the investigation going on towards their esports teams.

Additionally, Esports integrity commissioner Ian Smith spoke to ABC, saying esports “has had a significant impact worldwide. The fact people can be arrested for this stuff has elevated the seriousness with which anyone is regarding this issue.”