In some bizarre eSports news, players in the G-1 Dota 2 league have suffered DDOS attacks supposedly as a result of hacking by some one trying to fix the results in order to win $20, 000.
As reported the attacks started on 14 April during a match between eSports superstars Evil Geniuses and Absolute Legends, players from Evil Geniuses disconnected from the game, unable to reconnect. The match was postponed, but eventually the win was given to Absolute Legends after a long pause. Absolute Legends had the advantage at the time of the attack.
This was the first out of a series of attacks, going on through the next day. Team Dignitas and QPAD Red Pandas suffered the worst of the attacks. After a short lived game, two Dignitas players disconnected followed by an attack on streamer Ayesee, who was shoutcasting the match. Admins had no choice but to postpone the game.
Later, an alleged admission of guilt, was posted on 4Chan by an anonymous user saying:
DDOS guy here
I am not doing this for league, but I have a 20k bet on QPandas right now.
The identity of those responsible has not yet been confirmed and whether the admission has anything to it is nothing definitive to go on either. It’s been speculated that the vulnerability to these attacks could stem from Skype, where the attackers could find the players’ IP addresses and then plague them with spam bots.
I’ve never really heard of anything quite like this, but, lesson of the day kids! Don’t indulge in betting on eSports. In fact I think it should be banned, because the risk of things like this becoming the norm is clearly big. This doesn’t help eSports in the least bit, especially when the attacks are on tournaments with ridiculous amounts of money attached to it.