WCA match fixing scandal concluded, culprits banned for two years

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WCA match fixing scandal concluded, culprits banned for two years
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The WCA 2017 CIS qualifiers match fixing allegations regarding team DX finally came to their logical conclusion: as Dmitry "Ax.Mo" Morozov and Leodin "Sonic" Kuzmenkov were found guilty and banned from any and all UCC organized tournaments for 2 years.

To resolve the situation, the CIS qualifier organizers, U Can Company (UCC), contacted Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) to investigate the allegations. In their official statement, UCC describe that they were convinced by the presented evidence that both players intentionally manipulated the result of their match to fraudulently affect bets. All evidence was sent to Valve to see if they would like to enforce any further actions. The UCC ban will last until October 2019. Other members of team DX were not guilty in the match fixing.

While Leodin "Sonic" Kuzmenkov is young player that never climbed further than the CIS mix team pool, Dmitry "Ax.Mo" Morozov is a relatively experienced player who even was a part of Natus Vincere in later 2015 - January 2016, the ban will affect him and his reputation the most. 

Team DX roster:

— Roman "Scandal" Sadotenkov
Dmitry "Ax.Mo" Morozov
— Leodin "Sonic" Kuzmenkov
— Dmitry "Monza" Morozov
— Yakov "Dark" Grabar

Roman "Scandal" Sadotenkov, player of team , accused his teammates in intentionally losing a game to Yellow Submarine on September 17, during WCA 2017 CIS qualifiers. DX weren't able to win a single game in the Group Stage, while Effect were the ones to move on to the Grand Finals held in China, representing CIS.

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