An investigation conducted by The Daily Dot has gathered evidence of the former iBUYPOWER team losing a CEVO match on purpose.
The match in question dates back to August 21 and it involved iBUYPOWER, who are currently without an organisation, and Netcodeguides.com, a team who made headlines earlier on Friday when they joined Counter Logic Gaming.
Despite being highly favoured to win the match, iBP were thrashed 4-16, and rumours quickly surfaced about the possibility of Sam “DaZeD” Marine’s men losing the game on purpose.
At the time, screenshots were leaked of Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, who currently plies his trade in Cloud9, claiming the match was going to be fixed and that Netcodeguides would come out on top.
New evidence collected by The Daily Dot, which cites multiple sources, even from inside CSGOLounge itself, confirms that “unusual bets were placed just prior to the match by a player with strong connections to the players on both sides—wagers that garnered more than $10,000 in earnings.”
Moreover, Ashley “Blacklotus” Leboeuf, a former girlfriend of Derek “dboorN” Boorn, posted online text messages in which theTorqued player confirms iBP lost on purpose and reveals what appears to be a match-fixing ring, of which, Duc “cud” Pham – a former Lunatik member, who was responsible for placing bets for several different people – was also part.
Khan claims that he was going to bet on iBUYPOWER before being advised by Netcodeguides owner Casey Foster to change his bet.
“The day of this match I had placed a bet on iBUYPOWER. I brought up the bet while talking to Casey Foster, he then voice-called me on Steam Friends and told me to change my bet,” he told The Daily Dot.
“He made it very clear the match was going to be thrown. I didn’t want to get involved with any of it but I changed my bet, as I thought would be logical at the time while also sharing this information with a friend whom I assumed to have bet the same.
“I was wrong for a few different reasons; however, I regret first and foremost not contacting league officials and telling them what was going to happen.
“I didn’t have all the details and didn’t know any specifics as I was not the one engineering any of this. Also, given my past immaturity at the time, I wasn’t sure if anyone would believe me.
“Once I found out my conversation with my so called friend was sent to Richard Lewis, I was ready to just tell him my entire story but I first consulted Casey Foster, who controlled my earnings for my partnership with Netcode Guides (a joint venture by him and then iBUYPOWER Team Captain, Sam “DaZeD” Marine), about it.
“He advised this would be a huge blow to the North American competitive CS:GO scene and cause iBUYPOWER to lose their sponsor, asking me to not say anything at all. The NA scene was fragile at the time, and in my eyes I was between a rock and a very hard place with the partnership I had with Netcode Guides, as it was my sole source of income for playing the game I love.”
The investigation could turn out to be a huge blow to the former iBUYPOWER team amidst reports they are in talks with a number of organisations, including Evil Geniuses.
The FACEIT runners-up, who recently added Spencer “Hiko” Martin to their line-up, will attend MLG X Games Aspen and Clutch Con later this month.