Leonid “Sonic” Kuzmenkov and Dmitri “Ax.Mo” Morozov of Dota 2 team Dx have received 2
year bans each from future Uprise Champions Cup (UCC) tournaments following an
investigation into their recent match against Yellow Submarine.
Following concerns and rumours around a Dota 2 match played in the World Cyber Arena
(WCA) European Qualifiers for the CIS region in September 2017, the Esports Integrity
Coalition (ESIC) launched an investigation of the match in question, between Dx and Yellow
Submarine. Sportradar Integrity Services undertook the investigation of the global betting
patterns and passed on their Report to ESIC.
Although the event comes under the WCA banner, UCC are the local tournament organiser and
handled the event.
Speaking about the decision, ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith said: “It is always depressing to
see young esports athletes succumb to the temptations that matchfixing presents. But I remain
hopeful that this decision will send a powerful deterrent message to esports athletes across the
various titles and tournaments – that ESIC are more than happy to follow up questions and
concerns around matches, even when those matches do not fall under our existing coverage
partnerships. Sportradar’s fully tailored Fraud Detection System was on hand to help us get to
the bottom of the betting patterns globally and off the back of that, we have been able to
underline our commitment to clean and credible esports”.
James Watson, Head of esports at Sportradar added: “We have worked with Ian and his team
for a few years now, focusing on prevention and education to help ensure players and their
entourages can avoid the pitfalls that fixers put around them. But sometimes it is our monitoring
and detection expertise that is called upon, as it was here. As a keen and committed member of
the esports community, I am grateful that, together with my team at Sportradar and with ESIC,
we can work with UCC to send a clear message to fixers and the wider community about how
seriously we all take this issue”.