October 13, 2014 alex

Mineski and MSI matchfixing scandal

mineski 4 *The players in these two photos do not directly represent the individuals who were responsible for the game fixing as the rosters depicted in these images may not be accurate to the current lineups.msi croppe Yet another Philippine scandal is at hand.

For those of you who don’t know what “322” refers to (I didn’t know either), it is the story of Solo. He made against his own team (RoX.KiS) in a StarLadder match and won $322 for losing the game. However, StarLadder staff found out about what he did and excluded him from all tournaments for the period of one year. In addition to that, the betting agency did not give him the $322 that he won. In short, 322 basically means “throwing the game” because that is what he did.This is why I included the number 322 in the article header, as it perfectly describes what has been going on in this scenario, although it is on a far bigger scale.

Match fixing is not something I would expect to happen, at least not at a professional level, but unfortunately a large number of reports suggest it has. Yesterday I was notified of a possible series of staged games between Mineski, MSI alongside other teams. I looked into the matter and found some publicly accessible images which point to a few names that are involved, the one below being the initial one which vaguely illustrated the main individuals involved, and their roles in the whole fiasco. 1779948_1483883445221750_204426545960375348_nThe image above gives a simple overview of the situation as portrayed by one user. Vallejos was claimed to be the “mastermind” of the whole incident. After researching him, I found out that he is the General Manager of a Dota 2 community named MyDota2Community, which has a total of 25,000 members in its Facebook group and 37,000 Facebook likes. The alleged middleman – Jonathan Radores, is a Dota 2 eSports player in the Philippines who is often seen standing in for Mineski, and is the friend of Julz, who was accused of scamming 80 keys from a GosuGamers staff member a few months ago.

Gosugamers coverage crew member Sovann “Skim” Kim added this in his latest article regarding the match fixing debates: “Upon checking up on our own bets, we found two GGnet accounts that both only placed one key bet in their entire history and both on this exact match between Mineski and MSI. Both accounts were created on the day of the match, won their bets and were able to withdraw over 70 keys each. Furthermore, two other accounts who were able to withdraw a similar amount of keys, with a total of only two key bets to their name. All accounts are from the Philippines and while none of them can be linked to any particular person, it adds up to the theory.”

The Mineski vs MSI match can be found here. The Mineski vs Team Immunity can be found here.

The evidence coming from GosuGamers already seems strong. I spoke to a dozen people myself, from both sides of the spectrum, the majority of whom wished to remain anonymous, meaning that I will not be able to state exactly who they are as I have to respect their privacy, especially for a sensitive topic such as this. However I am able to state the names of everyone who has been put ‘on the spot’ in this incident/whose names are open to the public already.

The first person on my list was Jonathan Radores, as a lot of the publicly available screenshots depict him discussing and planning the match fixing with friends. His stance on the matter was straight forward – He got hacked; the hacker framed him by messaging on his behalf. Below is an extract of my conversation with him. jonathan replyHowever, a very large number of screenshots have emerged over the past few days, giving us insight into Radores’ private messages which depict him talking to others about scamming and planning to fix the upcoming games. I will not post all of them here, as I will publish a separate article which will be composed primarily of images which have been uploaded to social media by various sources – you will be able to look through them and decide if they are real or fake for yourselves. For those of you who don’t speak Tagalog, here’s a translation that was provided by one of the people I interviewed:

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Jonathan Radores: Do you want to scam 80keys?
Arnel Marcos: Hahaha crazy. Baka majulz dre (A joke indicating that what had happened to Julz in the gosuwriter scam could happen to him)
Jonathan Radores: It was the two of us stupid! We screwed the wrong guy, because the guy we scammed was the #1gosu writer.
Arnel Marcos: hahaha you’re an idiot
michael and jonathan croppedMichael Vincent Vallejos: Sure, Tell Jacko,Tell Paseo to do their best later but Patt will miss pick
Jonathan Radores: Sure.. Hahaha.. Sisi too?
Michael Vincent Vallejos: Yes
Jonathan Radores: Give Jacko’s Tinker. Who else knows?

Perhaps one of the most valuable insights I received was from an MSI player themselves. Of course it is for you readers to decide whether or not this is true, due to the fact that I am unable to state the name of the player involved for confidentiality reasons, meaning that the statement below cannot be backed up with a screenshot of a conversation between me and the player (including their name) unless they themselves decide to confess publicly. Initially the player announced to me that he will be leaving MSI, and admitted to the game fixes:

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 They then went onto talk about Michael Vincent Vallejos, who has been portrayed as the main antagonist in the story:

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msi player on michael small 3 This information leaves us with some back-story to Michael. This story can supported by a selection of Reddit users who commented on a recent Reddit post that was created less than a day ago. Here’s an example: reddit user Whilst browsing various Dota 2 Facebook groups, I also came across this image of Mineski players, Jonathan and Michael ice-skating together…coincidence? friends The image below is of Michael, where he is depicted being a “scam lord” whilst showing off his ‘dirty’ money. Definitely not something that he should be proud of. One of the sources had this to say:

“He is a buyer and seller of dota 2 items. He wants all the prices in his group under his control. If people buy items higher than his price in his group. he will automatically kick them. Many people have been kicked by him because they are all buying items in his group…Michael wants to control the price in his group and wants to only to sell them on him at low price because if no one is buying, there is no competition – sellers have no choice but to sell to him at low low price.”

scam lord In conclusion, the majority of sources and the information open to the public suggest that the match fixing between Mineski, MSI as well as other teams is a reality, however the defendant (Radores) stands by the statement he initially provided – that his email, steam and facebook were hacked. That being said, one of the sources I spoke to, told me that during their conversation with one of Radores’ friends, they claimed that he has regained access to his steam account. The question is, how is this possible if he has no access to his email address?

As Vallejos ignored my messages I couldn’t get his stance on the situation, however a heavy number of both sources and the general public on Reddit stated that he has scammed players before and continues to do so alongside the match fixing. I would like to highlight my current stance on the overall situation. From all of the information I have gathered, Michael Vincent Vallejos is guilty, no doubt about it.

As for Jonathan Radores, I do not want to make assumptions. Although his past suggests otherwise, I believe that there is a fight to suggest that he could be innocent, although the amount of evidence is overwhelming, so I will leave it to you guys to decide. MSI and Mineski players are the primary individuals at fault. If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t have happened. As far as I know, both organizations are looking into the situation themselves and will keep the public updated on their plans for the players once they run through a thorough investigation.

Due to the overload of information I received from various sources, I will write a separate article which will be solely dedicated to screenshots and other images which contribute to the allegations made by other sources. I would like to thank everyone who agreed to speak to me and provide me with all of this valuable information – everyone apart from Vallejos provided me with their views. I hope that this article answered some of your questions on the current on-goings of the Philippine Dota 2 scene.

I will consider writing a Part 2 to this article as there is so much that I still haven’t included in this one. Let me know if I should in the comments section below! I hope that you found this article insightful, I tried to include some information that is already available to the public as well as some exclusive information that no one else has covered. You can see the latest statements from both organizations below: mineski statement msi statementIf you have any further questions or have anything to add, feel free to get in touch on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yakovl3v

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  1. rafael

    HELP me please SIMULA ng NAGSTART yung SCAM ni MYKEL VALLEJOS N YAN hindi pa binibigay yung bayad ni MYKEL VALLEJOS sa binili niyang 58 keys sakin, IDOL wala na akong pangTAYA at PUHUNAN, PUTANG INA !!! sabi sa LUNES daw pero wala ng reply help me po… bakit po ako naBLOCK!!! help niyo ako guys… marami ako SCREENSHOT!!!

    may RESULTA na ng IMBESTIGASYON dito at ng sa GOSUGAMERS, pero yung MINESKI GROUP ay wala pa ring GINAGAWANG aksyon…

    The worst SCAM in the PH DOTA History… PLEASE Spread this blog, they will try to counter what was really HAPPENED, I’ve heard from my staff friend that they will have a public way of cleaning themselves…

    • aaron Manaloto

      HAHAHAH LOSER. Lumabas na nga kayo sa internet cafe ang magkaroon ng buhay.

    • Pawtato

      read the caption for the photos will ya
      “*The players in these two photos do not directly represent the individuals who were responsible for the game fixing as the rosters depicted in these images may not be accurate to the current lineups.”

  2. Joross Gamboa

    Wayback 2013, Jonathan Radores is one of the reported scammers in dota2traders website. He have alternate accounts for scamming and main account for playing. This Vallejos also got reported once in dota2traders.com if you want to check, but it is his old account. I’m sure that this games are fixed between them. Poor filipinos, I guess they are out of school youth or their parents can’t provide their needs. I feel sad for this filipino gamers. God bless you.

  3. Arcthelad

    Lol. Tarnishing your name and being branded a scammer just for a few quick bucks and virtual keys. Pathetic.

  4. Jonathan Radores

    HAHA BUTI NGA SA INYO MGA BOBO, MABAHO NA PINAS PINABAHO NYO PA MGA TIMAWA SA PERA MGA LITERAL NA PILIPINO

  5. YOLO

    im sure all of this is true i know a guy from MINESKI way back dota 1 they throw games for money becoz they get more money on the side bet rather than the POT-MONEY sad to say im also a filipino =(

    • aaron Manaloto

      Get a life loser. Get your fatass off the chair and start playing real sports.

      • Aaron, esports is a sport, just like chess and poker is a sport. Sport does not have to be physically straining.

  6. DOTA2_player_clean

    dapat sa mga ito huntingin at bugbugin, laro na lang nga, may bonus nang pera as incentive, ginagago pa! dapat maturuan ng leksyon mga yan at basagan ng ngipin

  7. pakyu bente

    larong bata pinapalakinyo pa? me blog pa para sa mga ganito mga gagong skwater. maghanap kayo ng totoong trabaho! puro kayo tambay ng shop!

  8. The current match-fixing scandal is a big blow to the scene. Since we are just starting, this mess is a big setback. However, we are confident that we can bounce back from this incident and learn from it

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