- Singaporean VALORANT player Calel has accused fellow player Germsg of match-fixing games against his own teams
- Calel argued that he had well-documented proof of the fraud and posted screenshots allegedly showing conversations between Germs and anonymous third-parties
- Calel rhetorically asked how many matches had Germsg fixed so far
A match-fixing scandal is brewing in Singapore as VALORANT player Calel has furnished proof citing Germsg, another player, as the culprit of fixing games against his own team.
Calel Accuses Fellow VALORANT Player of Match-Fixing
Tempers in the Singapore region are a little fray after Calel accused fellow VALORANT player Germsg of match-fixing and participating in betting contests. Germsg, who competes in Ignition Series, VALORANT's pioneering competitive event, is the latest player to be cited in a match-fixing scandal, but what proof does Calel have?
According to him, he has well-documented proof that Germsg bet money against his own team while participating in the events he was competing in. Germsg is currently playing under the Team 600's banner and has not responded to the allegations.
His team is currently participating in the VALORANT Champions Tour in Singapore and Malaysia Challengers Series, though, which will flash the spotlight on him. Riot Games has also not responded to the issue just yet.
Calel's claims are serious as they can have a damaging impact on Germsg's reputation if they prove unfounded. Yet, match-fixing has been a serious problem of the esports community, and in places like Australia and the United States, law enforcement has shown culprits no leniency.
Match-Fixing in Esports Increases, So Do Counter-Measures
In a document shared via Google Docs, Calel argued that he was “writing this to bring attention to a Singaporean semi-professional player who had match-fixed in a VALORANT Ignition Series game during the time which he played under professional esports organization Resurgence.”
He went on to explain how Germs participated in the Epulze Royal SEA Cup, an event with a $25,000 prize purse, and fixed at least one of the events there. Calel then furnished screenshots that he alleged were held between Calel and an anonymous third party.
Calel went on to argue that Germsg may have been betting as part of Team 600 as well. He noted that some of the games in the VCT Singapore and Malaysia Challengers are also events that you can bet on and then asked how Germsg can be trusted if he had been known to fix games in the past.
While an official response is still anticipated by all relevant parties, and not least the teams that have had Germsg as part of their rosters. There have been many attempts to clamp down on match-fixing in esports over the past year.
Data-driven companies such as Oddin.gg and Abios have been at the forefront of providing the tools necessary to counteract fraudulent operations involving esports gaming contests. Both organizations have joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) or supported its efforts directly.