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Smart Omega, Execration involved in match fixing scandal, Valve bans 6

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Valve has given players from Smart Omega and Execration an indefinite ban from Valve events.

In a tweet, DPC SEA organizers BeyondTheSummit announced the ban on 4 Smart Omega players, their coach, and one player from Execration. They are allegedly involved in match-fixing activities and have been awarded the bans as punishment.

The ban extends to Smart Omega players Prince “Prince” Daculan and Ryniel Keit “Zenki” Calvez, as well as ex-Omega players Patt Piolo “Piolz” Dela Cruz and Dave Hiro “Hiro” Miyata. The ban also applies to Smart Omega’s coach Chris Ian Francis “CTY” Maldo. Former Smart Omega player who’s currently with Execration Van Jerico “Van” Manalaysay was also banned from future Valve activities. The organization has since released an official announcement, saying that they have yet to receive an official copy of the decision from the tournament organizers. However, the organization reiterated that they do not condone match-fixing or cheating in any form, and that they will be investigating the matter and reach out to all parties involved.

As a result of these bans, Smart Omega loses its DPC SEA League Upper Division slot. They will be replaced by Boom Esports. Meanwhile, Execration will be allowed to continue on with the upcoming DPC SEA League – Winter Tour once they find a replacement for the banned player.

A separate closed qualifier will be organized to source for the Open Division II Slot, which will take place on November 26.

As a result of the bans, Lee “Forev” Sang-don was left without a team, only three days after joining Smart Omega’s roster. He has already tweeted his desire to continue on with a new team, either as a player or as a coach. Two of the other players who have just recently joined the team Liew “Eren” Jun Jie and Ramzi “Ramz” Bayhaki were also left without a team. The three do not appear to be involved in the match-fixing scandal.