StarCraft cheating scandal shocks South Korea

South Korea loves a bit of StarCraft. No, like really loves a bit of StarCraft. Hell, folks there adore it so much they even have online tournaments televised. It's practically their national sport... probably. So in semi shocking news, the competitive StarCraft circuit has been turned upside down thanks to a scandal involving claims of certain online teams cheating, throwing matches and even leaking information to illegal betting syndicates. For shame.

Above: Oi, kid. We've got our eye on you. No funny business, you hear?

The country's leading professional player Ma Jae-Yoon (awesomely dubbed the Maestro) has also been implicated in the whole seedy business. The alleged accusation being his sudden loss of form over recent seasons has been deliberate. Juicy stuff, then. Admittedly, not quite as covered in controversy sauce as EA suing South Park over their Tiger Woods game, but it got us thinking all the same. What other similiar online scandals have rocked games? We're currently drawing a blank, so why not aid our flagging memories in the comments below.   

Apr 13, 2010


  • Sukururu - April 17, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    I LOVE STARCRAFT. But I ain't korean. STAB THE CHEATER!!!!!
  • shaft121 - April 14, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Jacob, to be honest, I only wanted to see your head explode. It's a lot more fun than Starcraft
  • philipshaw - April 14, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    Watching games on TV would be boring
  • Cyberninja - April 14, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    i wonder if the accused will be put to death but i guess i shouldnt be surprised starcraft has a underground only in korea.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - April 13, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    My favorite is this Eve Online scam where some guy infiltrated a virtual company in the game then assasinated the leader. It took the person a real life year to carry this out, the whole story is here
  • Jacob816 - April 13, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    @shaft121 He's under 'investigation', along with a whole hell of alot of other big names. Innocent until proven guilty.
  • nik41507 - April 13, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    Next thing you know there is a crime ring in Red Alert 3................... reCAPTCHA:family's shredded
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 13, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    I was aware that South Korea likes them some Starcraft. However, I was still taken aback when I turned on the TV and saw a match going. Felt pretty epic. Kinda sucks that televised games didn't work out in the States; it would make for better late-night TV.
  • Skykid - April 13, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    OMG! One of my friends is going to go off teh walls if he hears about this. Starcraft is almost an obsession for him; if it wasn't for the 360 and Gears of War, he would be a lost soul. I almost got banned for helping a dude from Bungie on Halo 3. Yeah, you heard that right, a dude from frickn' BUNGIE almost had me kicked off.
  • shaft121 - April 13, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Jacob816, Bisu is cheating....
  • miasma - April 13, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    Once I made a rapid fire controller for MW1 and I got banned for a month. I believe this constitutes a scandal.
  • Jacob816 - April 13, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    As someone who used to follow pro Starcraft, this is quite shocking. I'll have to look into some the details, but this is really odd to hear. Next thing, someone will tell me that Bisu is cheating and my mind will explode.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - April 13, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    What about the guy in China who was stabbed over a game of counterstrike?

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