April 11, 2024

Public Statement on Disciplinary Action Against Participant Erkhan “Gokushima” Bagynanov

Introduction to ESIC Public Statement:

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has concluded an investigation into alleged violations of the ESIC Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Code by Erkhan “Gokushima” Bagynanov. This investigation was initiated following the receipt of a detailed interview transcript and corroborating evidence including admissions indicating match-fixing activities.

Findings of the Investigation:

Evidence obtained during the investigation demonstrates that Mr. Bagynanov engaged in conduct violating the ESIC Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Code, specifically related to match-fixing activities in breach of:

ESIC Anti-Corruption Code:

2.1 Corruption:

2.1.1 Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct, or any other aspect of any Match.

2.2 Betting:

2.2.1 Betting on any Match, including matches that you were a professional participant in during the ESL IEM events as detailed in the infringements above.

2.2.2 Facilitating, aiding, abetting or otherwise assisting any party in committing acts described in 2.2.1. 

2.4.2 to 2.4.5 Failing to disclose to the ESIC a full and true disclosure of all the facts and circumstances with respect to acts described in 2.1 and 2.2.

Further offences under the ESIC Code of Conduct articles as follows;

2.1.5 Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that brings Esport, the Game, Event, ESIC or a Member into disrepute.

2.2.8 Match manipulation for inappropriate reasons.

ESIC’s Actions and Sanctions:

Based on its findings, ESIC confirms its sanction by way of a Rejection Order against Erkhan “Gokushima” Bagynanov, effective for a two-year period from the start date below:

  • Start Date: 27 March 2024
  • End Date: 26 March 2026

Accordingly, Mr. Bagynanov is hereby prohibited from participating in any ESIC member events during this period. Compliance with all relevant provisions of the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code is required throughout the duration of this Rejection Order.

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