Stakeholders in the Esports industry have revealed that they are actively battling against more than just other competitors within the industry. Instead, their major concern is more to do with cheating, and they have some pretty good reasons to be nervous about this.
The explosion in popularity of esports around the world has led to greater prize pots on offer, and when more money is involved it only takes a relatively short period of time before people begin to look at ways to take advantage. Sadly, esports has now reached that point.
The CS:GO Scandal
This push towards fighting against cheating has gained momentum after the news broke in September regarding CS:GO. The banning of a total of 37 coaches for actively exploiting a bug to win tournaments shook not only that game, but all of esports. The fact that the coaches were spying on their rivals to gain insight into the strategy other teams were using is a prime example of the lengths people will go to just to get that advantage.
But it’s important to point out that this wasn’t something that had only just happened. Instead, it affected competitions going back as far as 2016, while it also affected tournaments at various levels.
Cheating is Continual
It’s important to point out that CS:GO is not the only game that will have been affected by cheating. Look at Fortnite as another example. Before the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, over 1200 players had their accounts suspended for cheating in various ways. That is