*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. 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. The 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 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. However, 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:
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:
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: Whilst browsing various Dota 2 Facebook groups, I also came across this image of Mineski players, Jonathan and Michael ice-skating together…coincidence? 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:
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: If you have any further questions or have anything to add, feel free to get in touch on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yakovl3v