Match-Fixing Suspicion Against European CS:GO Team


Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 Disqualifies CS:GO Team Amid Match-Fixing Suspicions

The investigation is currently underway.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Elisa Esports has disqualified Schade Halt from Elisa Invitational Fall 2022: Contenders Stage on the suspicion of match-fixing.
The suspicion against the European team was reported to Elisa Esports by a trusted third-party integrity partner.
Schade Halt apparently manipulated the outcomes of two matches that it played against 00 Prospects and Yodagus.

The ongoing Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 has witnessed suspicious activity being conducted by one of its participants during the Contenders Stage of the tournament.

Schade Halt is the CS:GO team that has been disqualified from the tournament by Elisa Esports under the suspicion of match-fixing which was reported to them by a trusted third-party integrity partner.

According to the official statement released by the organizers, it was informed about the team's suspicious behavior in two of its matches. One of them was against 00 Prospects, played on 23rd August, and the other match was against Yodagus, played on 29th August.

European team, Schade Halt, disqualified from CS:GO tournament under match-fixing suspicion

Elisa Esports released a statement yesterday on 1st September outlining that one of the teams participating in its tournament, Elisa Invitational Fall 2022: Contenders Stage, had been disqualified on the grounds of suspicious activity carried out across two matches.

Schade Halt was removed from the tournament under the suspicion of manipulating the outcomes of the matches played against 00 Prospects and Yodagus.

As per the results, Schade Halt lost against 00 Prospects by a '1-2' scoreline and went on to defeat Yodagus with a '2-1' score. Apparently, its first match against Tricked Esports, which it lost by a '1-2' scoreline was not covered under these suspicions.

While the team has been disqualified from competing in all the Elisa Invitational matches, the suspicion has also been reported to the Finnish authorities who will be in charge of any further actions regarding this case.

Along with this, Elisa Esports has shared the information with other tournament organizers and even the ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission), who has previously handled such cases.

The following CS:GO players were a part of Schade Halt during the course of this tournament:

  • Daniel "⁠KrowNii⁠" Michel

  • Thomas "⁠powerYY⁠" Becker

  • Sergey "⁠smike⁠" Sklyarenko

  • Gabriel "⁠gab⁠" Jaroszuk

  • Rand "Rand" Kadir - Played against 00 Prospects

  • Bogdan "⁠Bodik⁠" Nastych - played against Yodagus

Following the team's disqualification from the tournament, Rand "Rand" Kadir came forward with a public statement saying that he played with the team for just one match and said, "would like to distance myself from these guys."

Rand further stated that he deserved all negative comments made against him and he does not feel the need to justify himself, "but what I want to do with this post is to say that I didn't make 1 cent of profit from these games."

Additional statement by Rand

Note: The statements made by Rand was originally in German and has been translated in English using DeepL Translator.

The team later went on to compete in the SteelSeries NOVA Cup DACh Fall 2022 which took place from 29th to 31st August, attaining a 3rd-4th place finish following defeats to Sangal and Sprout.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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