SINGAPORE: Two men with ties to professional esports were charged with gambling and making a match during an online tournament on Friday (Aug. 5).
Singaporeans Ryan Tan Shern, 20, and Malcolm Chung Wai Kiat, 24, are believed to have committed the offenses during a 2020 tournament featuring the game Valorant, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a statement.
On September 22, 2020, Tan reportedly promised a payment to Chung as an incentive to correct the outcome of a Valorant match at the Epulze Royal SEA Cup tournament.
The match of the first-person shooter was played between the teams Reurgence and Blackbird Ignis.
The bribe was allegedly in the form of partial winnings from bets placed on the match through an illegal online gambling website, CPIB said.
Tan and Chung each receive one sentence for a crime punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act. They are also each facing one count for an offense punishable under the Remote Gambling Act 2014.
Tan informed the court on Friday that he is participating in a support group for gambling addicts.
Both men have been given bail of S$5,000 each and will return to court next month.
“Singapore has a strict zero-tolerance approach to corruption,” CPIB said.
“CPIB will not hesitate to take strict action against all parties involved if there is evidence of match fixing through bribery.”
Those convicted of a corruption offense face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to S$100,000, or both.
Those convicted of illegal gambling face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.