Original article by: Dot Esports
Liquipedia is one of the biggest hubs of information in the esports scene and is a platform that is trusted by tournament organizers and other entities, which is why it has been targeted by those trying to use it in Dota 2 match-fixing schemes.
On a nearly weekly basis, the Liquipedia staff and volunteers are bombarded with submissions of fabricated Dota tournaments, tournament organizers, and teams trying to make themselves seem more legitimate by being added to the wiki.
Earlier this year Liquipedia became aware that some bad actors were taking advantage of Liquipedia’s Dota 2 event listing in order to conduct match-fixing.— Liquipedia (@LiquipediaNet) October 23, 2020
Read our full statement here: https://t.co/8Gyxz2D2fi
“Bad actors know that having a page on Liquipedia is a stamp of legitimacy and that many betting sites connect to Liquipedia’s open API to track matches, tournaments, and results,” Liquipedia said. “This means that all it can take to have a match available for betting is for the tournament to have a page on Liquipedia.”
This has been happening through various submission channels, including the Liquipedia Discord, where members of the staff have to explain why they won’t accept tournaments or other new information without credible information. But even that hasn’t been enough to make sure inappropriate uses of Liquipedia haven’t popped up in match-fixing discussions that the staff have been made aware of.
Additionally, Liquipedia volunteers and others have been the victims of abuse, harassment, and have received threats. In response, Liquipedia has created a new set of guidelines with stronger requirements and criteria for contributors to abide by when assessing new events, to limit the potential of Liquipedia being used to legitimize fixed matches.
This includes making sure there is a Dota 2 ticket for players, teams, and matches like usual, but also making sure there is a publicly available ruleset, roster information document, and schedule for the event, established social media channels, and confirmed sponsors if any are attached to the tournaments.
The platform is also recommending actions that Valve, betting sites, and other Dota organizations can take to try and lessen this kind of activity, which is very prominent in Dota, especially in the CIS and Southeast Asia.