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Vici Gaming coach Bai 'rOtK' Fan has been fined ¥100,000 (around $14,500) and banned indefinitely from streaming following revelations on betting made on a December 10 stream.

A thread created by Redditor u/OwenNsasa initially broke the news of a potential ban for rOtK, who has a long history with Vici Gaming. Whether by accident or not, rOtK shared an exchange on stream about how PSG.LGD had cost him money in losing to Natus Vincere at the recent MegaFon Winter Clash.

A translation was provided by user u/soul1990, who also claimed the second person sounded like VG star Zhang 'Eurus' Chengjun but wasn’t sure:

rOtk: LGD are bastards. Cost me so much. Bastards. I would have earned 50k (¥50,000, around $7,250). All lost because of LGD.

Ah, that much? How much did you bet?

20k or 30k a time.

How many games did you bet?

Several games. Got them all.

Although there are apparently no explicit rules regarding Dota 2 professionals betting on matches, it is understood that Valve are not welcoming of the practice and has communicated this to players, coaches and talents previously.

A precedent was also set by former Ad Finem analyst Allen Cook and his admission of placing bets — both on his own team and OG — to place first and second in their group at the Boston Major. These predictions came to fruition, and Allen won around $1,350 as a result — and faced no punishment.

In both cases, questions are raised about insider information and the ethics of betting on matches of an esport in which one is involved. In tradition sports such as football, for example, players are forbidden from betting on any match, whether in their home league or on the other side of the world.

The situation led to a discussion between statistician Noxville and caster Breaky on the issue of gambling in esports. Ultimately, confusion seems to come from this lack of a hard ruling from Valve.

In their statement, Vici Gaming gives a history of rOtK at the organisation, dating back to The International 2014, but do not excuse his behaviour — citing the coach’s failure to ‘demonstrate his professionalism and positive image to the public.’

This follows an investigation by the organisation into rOtK’s activities, including a look into his bank account. They close the statement by apologising to the Dota 2 community, and specifically to the players at PSG.LGD.

Should professionals be allowed to bet on Dota 2 matches?

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