The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) have received evidence that Oleksandr Shyshko, the ex-CEO of Project X, has an active CS:GO betting account and has placed “numerous bets on highly suspicious Project X matches”.
The betting took place at a time when most of the current Akuma roster was playing under the Project X organization, which disbanded and ceased operations in March. However, Shyshko made accurate pre-match bets on the outcome of the Virtus.pro versus Akuma match in the CIS RMR, the conduct of which match is subject to the current public cheating allegations against Akuma.
In assessing the evidence, ESIC determined that there was a reasonable basis to believe that potential match-fixing and/or betting fraud behaviour was perpetrated. Having no insight into the operation of the tournament nor any jurisdiction over the tournament, ESIC referred the matter to Valve for consideration.
Until the outcome of any investigation by Valve (or, if asked to investigate further, ESIC), ESIC is recommending to its Tournament Organiser members that they do not accept entries from Akuma or any team with a roster made up of more than 3 of the current Akuma players or any team associated with Oleksandr Shyshko.