The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has assembled a condemning report over the events of the recent EPIC League CIS RMR tournament, that took place last month.
According to this report, Oleksandr Shyshko, the CEO of Project X – the organisation from which the Akuma roster emerged – has “an active CSGO betting account and has placed numerous bets on highly suspicious Project X matches”.
During the six months in which the players were tied to Project X, Shyshko set multiple bets on his own team. While Project X ceased operations in March, the roster went on to compete under the moniker of Akuma.
Nonetheless, Shyshko would place “accurate pre-match bets on the outcome of the Virtus Pro v Akuma match in the CIS RMR” and potentially signal the practice of match-fixing.
Akuma, an orgless roster composed by the members of the defunct Project X, rose to prominence during the first 2021 CIS event of the Valve sponsored circuit, managing to upset titans of that region such as Natus Vincere and Virtus Pro and secure a third-place finish.
Shortly after the conclusion of this first CIS RMR tournament, Akuma was publically accused of cheating, in an open letter signed by 14 of the 16 teams present at the event, calling for Valve to lead an investigation.
According to this letter, the team would have “received live data from third parties on external devices”, allowing them to see the positions of their opponents on the map and therefore gain a massive competitive advantage in the match-up.
Under these new discoveries unfolded by ESIC, CIS RMR tournaments have been recommended to ban Akuma from competing in the Valve sponsored circuit, until their ties to Oleksandr Shyshko are fully disclosed. Valve has also been called by the Esports Integrity Commission to perform a deeper investigation on the subject.
Dmitriy “SENSEi” Shvorak was the first Akuma player to respond to this report, claiming his teammates never placed a bet on their own matches and that they could not be held responsible for the actions of their former CEO.