In a recent interview former Na’Vi rifler and in-game leader Denis "seized" Kostin spoke at length about a lot of topics which included a segment where he went on to claim that he knew how much teams are paid for fixing matches at the Majors. The bold claim was backed by actual numbers and the Russian even went ahead to reveal that he had himself been offered serious offers twice both of which had been declined by him.
“If we speak about serious offers and not those just for fun, then twice. We didn’t even get to the point of discussing it (the offered price). I always refused at the very beginning.”
Seized Reveals How Much Teams Are Paid To Fix Matches At Majors
The 26-year-old Russian who currently plays for a Russian esports organization called Cyber Legacy in a recent interview with former Na’Vi IGL Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko revealed that as far as he has been told about $20,000 is charged per player to lose one match at the Major on purpose.
He revealed the following after being asked if he had ever received a match-fixing offer to which seized had responded by saying that two serious offers had come his way but he had denied them without even discussing how much money was being offered.
When Zeus asked him if whether he ever got curious about the money being offered seized responded by saying that “I know how much Dota players are paid for losing on purpose. They do it very often, in fact in China they do it more than win.”
Upon being asked by Zeus “How much do they pay?” Seized responded by saying that “It depends on the tier of the match. As far as I’ve heard and I was told, for Major one match could cost about $20,000 per player.” Diverting from CS:GO to speak about how much Dota players earn for fixing matches seized responded by saying that “If it’s tier 3 match in China they earn $500.”
It is a bit hard to believe that a CS:GO team would fix a match in a Valve sponsored tournament as playing in the Majors is a dream of every team and winning it their ultimate goal. In my opinion, no team even if they have a very little chance of succeeding at the Major would dare fix a match at such a big stage because the repercussions will be nothing short of career-ending.
Taking that into consideration the $20,000 being offered for a single match seems to be quite insignificant as rightly put by Zeus himself “It’s stupid to do it at Major as you can win.”