Man who threw e-sports tournament match gets 4 months’ jail for corruption

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SINGAPORE – A man who was an active online gamer when he threw an e-sports tournament match to win $7,019 via an unlawful remote gambling service was given four months’ jail on Friday for corruption.

Malcolm Chung Wai Kiat, 25, was the second person involved in the case to be dealt with in court.

On Thursday, his accomplice Ryan Tan Shern, 21, who admitted to a corruption charge in January, was ordered to undergo reformative training for at least six months.

Young people under reformative training are detained in a centre and made to follow a strict regimen that can include foot drills and counselling.

Tan and Chung had known each other since 2014, when they used to play video game Counter-Strike.

Six years later, Chung represented a firm called RSG Resurgence Esports in tournaments.

In August 2020, Tan borrowed $1,000 from Chung to fund his gambling habit. Soon after, Chung kept asking Tan for his money back.

On Sept 21, 2020, Chung, who was then slated to play a match in the Epulze Royal South-east Asia Cup tournament, asked Tan for $400.

The next day, Tan came up with the plan for Chung to throw the match.

The tournament was part of the Valorant Ignition Series, which involved online first-person shooter game Valorant. It has two opposing teams of five players each taking turns to attack and defend.

At around 6pm on Sept 22, 2020, Tan suggested that Chung, who was then the captain of Team Resurgence’s Valorant team, to throw his match against Team Blackbird Ignis from Japan.

The prosecution said that as part of the plan, bets would be made on Chung’s team losing the match.

Tan also said he could...

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