Due to an increasing number of match-fixing reports the popular platform Liquipedia is updating its guidelines to provide more security.
The Dota 2 pro scene has had multiple cases of match-fixing. While most of them happen in the lower tiers there are some exceptions like Alexey "Solo" Berezin and the 322 meme. The latter came to life as a result of Solo’s supposed bet of $322 against his own team. The players was banned for a year from most events and the amount became a meme that’s still used today by Dota 2 fans to call out match-fixing.
Liquipedia Getting Bombarded with Fake Info
Liquipedia is a trusted platform that many teams, players, and organizations use on a daily basis. The staff gets flooded with illegitimate teams and tournaments on a daily basis. In most cases, all it takes for an event to be eligible for betting is for it to have a Liquipedia page. To avoid fake entries, Liquipedia have ramped up measures against fraudulent entry creation.
Liquipedia contains tons of information about many esports games, organizations, teams, players, and tournaments. The esports wiki's staff posted on Reddit during the weekend and revealed that “bad actors were taking advantage of Liquipedia’s Dota 2 event listing in order to conduct match-fixing”. You can check the official Reddit thread here as it goes into more detail.
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Let’s start by saying that Liquipedia is run by volunteers, and they were the subjects of harassment and threats. The bad actors in question used the Liquipedia platform to add legitimacy to already fixed matches. The staff quickly became aware of that and new measures have been added to the site’s guidelines. This means that for an event to make it to Liquipedia it’ll need:
- A Dota 2 ticket
- A publicly available ruleset, roster information document, and schedule
- Official announcements on established social media channels
- Sponsors that are not only listed but actually sponsoring the event
In their post on Reddit, Liquipedia are also asking Valve, betting sites, and esports organizations to do their part and prevent the malicious activity that harms the scene.
We can only address these issues together, and we need everyone’s support and commitment in order to root out these issues properly. We’d like to hear your thoughts on additional actions Liquipedia could take, and actions that you would like to see from other key stakeholders in Dota 2
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