Despite its accelerated growth over the past decade, the esports industry is still in its infancy. The infrastructure and common practices that are taken for granted in traditional sports have yet to fully develop in esports. Players’ unions, agents and lawyers for sports contracts, and government-enforced regulations are examples of areas in which esports are beginning to develop but still have a long way to go. Scandals regarding nepotism, corruption, match-fixing and unregulated gambling are tainting the industry on a regular basis.
Nepotism and Corruption in esports
In the esports world, both corruption and nepotism are almost impossible to prove or brought to justice. Conflicts of interest, player poaching, favoritism, unjust rulings and down right bad practice are commonplace across the industry. In most cases, the evidence is circumstantial and involved parties let things slide way too often.
Nepotism is hard to even define in an esports environment. Many esports organizations are created by players themselves and through the company growing they recruit friends, ex-teammates and relatives. Its purely common for friends to get coaching positions or even siblings recruiting eachother to teams, as was the case with Chipsa being recruited by the Overwatch Team Fusion which his brother coached.
More recently, Doublelift suddenly moved back to TSM. His move screams nepotism, conflict of interest and poaching especially since his girlfriend Aileena “Leena” Xu is the president for Team SoloMid. Yet, building a nepotism case extremely hard. Especially