The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has banned two players from future tournaments after an investigation supported by Sportradar uncovered evidence of match-fixing.

Leonid "Sonic" Kuzmenkov and Dmitri "Ax.Mo" Morozov, both of eSports team Dx, have been banned from competing in Uprise Champions Cup (UCC) tournaments for the next two years.

The pair have been banned after concerns were raised over a recent Dota 2 match between Dx and rival team Yellow Submarine. The match took place in September as part of the Eastern European qualifiers for a future UCC tournament, a sister event to the larger World Cyber Arena series.

The subsequent ESIC investigation relied on Sportradar's Integrity Services division, which monitors global betting patterns for suspicious activity.

"It is always depressing to see young eSports athletes succumb to the temptations that match fixing presents," ESIC commissioner Ian Smith said.

"But I remain hopeful that this decision will send a powerful deterrent message to eSports athletes across the various titles and tournaments – that ESIC are more than happy to follow up questions and concerns around matches, even when those matches do not fall under our existing coverage partnerships."

Sportradar head of eSports James Watson added that to date, his company has mainly worked with ESIC by providing educational workshops for players and related parties, although its monitoring and detection expertise is occasionally needed.

"As a keen and committed member of the eSports community, I am grateful that, together with my team at Sportradar and with ESIC, we can work with UCC to send a clear message to fixers and the wider community about how seriously we all take this issue," he said.

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