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Just to give you guys some perspective, Life is one of the most prolific SC2 players of all time.

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The Changwon Regional Prosecutor's office announced that they have arrested (Z)Life on charges of receiving money for match-fixing. Prosecutors did not reveal specific charges beyond the fact that they were related to StarCraft match-fixing in 2015, saying the investigation was still ongoing.

The Changwon Prosector's office had previously indicted YoDa, BBoongBBoong and former Prime head-coach Gerrard on match-fixing charges in 2015.
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In yet another blow to the Korean StarCraft 2 esports community, legendary player Lee “Life” Seung Hyun has been arrested for allegedly participating in match fixing in professional tournaments. Seung Hyun is ranked third in StarCraft 2’s ELO ranking system, and he has won a total of 10 professional tournaments in his career.


http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/503180-life-arrested-on-match-fixing-charges
http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201601311725271&code=940202
https://twitter.com/SaintSnorlax/status/693718382974210048
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/02/01/starcraft-2-champion-life-arrested-for-alleged-involvement-with-match-fixing/
https://geeksnack.com/starcraft-2-life-arrested-for-match-fixing-allegations/
http://www.pcgamer.com/former-starcraft-2-world-champ-questioned-by-match-fixing-investigators/
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The dumb part is, the guy has made over 100k a year since 2012 from sc2 prize pools. Not sure how much his sponsors give/take, but 100k USD is good money for esports. If the guy was making a barely livable wage, like some pro players do, then I wouldnt blame him, but 100k is the top 1% of pros.
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I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif
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If he is found guilty, KeSPA will strip Seung Hyun of all StarCraft titles he had won under its jurisdiction, and it will also permanently ban him from participating in any other KeSPA events.
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif

It's exactly the same as match fixing in any other sporting event. This is for throwing matches in tournaments, not throwing random online matches.
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I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif

They arrested him because it's illegal. Money is exchanging hands, not only in the tournaments but with legal gambling and the players sign contracts with teams and sponsors, etc. It's more or less fraud. He will have to pay a fine and is possibly looking at jail time if found guilty. The kespa thing is just salt on the wound.
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They arrested him because it's illegal. Money is exchanging hands, not only in the tournaments but with legal gambling and the players sign contracts with teams and sponsors, etc. It's more or less fraud. He will have to pay a fine and is possibly looking at jail time if found guilty. The kespa thing is just salt on the wound.

Yep. Even if there wasn't gambling, his sponsors are giving him money based on the fact that he has a good chance to win the tournament, and get them better publicity (or whatever it is they want). If he throws the match, he's scamming anyone he's taken sponsorship from.
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I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif

It's fraud.
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It's not about him scamming his sponsors or fans, it's about him taking part in a massive illegal korean industry of esports betting and match fixing. Yes, it's bad for esports, but the issue is that it's an extremely shady area of gambling fraught with scamming, backhanded deals, and money laundering. As for the pros, it's a risky business to get involved in. Blackmail and scandals are commonplace in the korean esports betting scene. It's no wonder korean authorities take the issue seriously, even if it seems somewhat comical to westerners.

Personally, I'm extremely disappointed. Life was tied for my favorite SC2 player. He is extremely talented and has a unique playstyle that is tons of fun to watch. He has raw micro talent that even an SC1 pro could envy, and it's sad to see him go down this way. If he drops out because of this, no zerg will replace him, because no other player has the technical skill necessary to replicate his skill at taking engagements and zergling control.
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif

You are familiar with laws regarding scam, right?
Or if I'll scam you on oc.net for, lets say $50k, you'll just laugh it off and say that it sounds stupid that I'll get arrested for some posts on forum?
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

I'm not familiar with Korean laws or esports in general, but on what basis can you arrest someone on for doing bad in a video game for money? I mean really, it just sounds stupid.

Especially when I read this. They arrested a guy so they can investigate weather or not to ban him from a video game contest..... lachen.gif

Sounds like your not familiar with US laws as well, being a professional E-Sports player is no different from being a professional racing driver. If some nascar driver took money for allowing another team to finish in front of him/her and got caught they would be arrested.
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