Black Dragons and FaZe Clan were implicated in a match-fixing scheme yesterday in season nine of the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League.
FaZe and BD were accused by former analyst Thiago “Thy” Nicézio of fixing their week 12 matchup in this past season of the R6 Pro League. BD’s Gleidson “GdNN1” Marcondes Reginato Junior and FaZe Clan’s Ronaldo “ion” Koji Osawa Filho are accused of plotting to throw matches to benefit their teams in different areas of the pro scene. BD allegedly disconnected from the week 12 matchup to give FaZe a leg up in the LATAM division, while FaZe were to throw an upcoming match in the Brasileirão Major.
BD co-founder Denis “pings” Vidigal told Dot Esports that the organization is “still waiting for the accusations and the proof.”
“We’re investigating everything that might have happened, who might be involved, etc.,” pings told Dot Esports.
It’s unclear how long the investigation will take, but it seems like pings is maintaining a skeptical outlook with the evidence that the team has so far.
“Until now, we don’t believe that there was any intention of match-fixing, for several reasons, but we are still waiting for proof,” pings said. “Sadly, there was no staff at the gaming house that day, only the players and the coach. Thy was not there too.”
Since no staff, including Thy, were in the house at the time of the alleged throw, it’s unclear what evidence can be provided to counter the accusation.
“My opinion is that after that, they fought and then Thy was pissed, wanted to leave BD, and posted,” pings said on Twitter. In another post, pings said that he could at least confirm that the internet did, in fact, go out the night of the FaZe vs. BD matchup and that only GdNN1 had said “those things.”
“We don’t have any connection with FaZe and I believe we have nothing to talk about,” pings said. “That wouldn’t help.”
While it may seem like an obvious choice to contact FaZe, there’s little to no evidence that supports FaZe’s involvement. FaZe are likely staying away from the situation since there’s nothing that directly implicates them in the alleged match-fixing scheme.
It’s now clear that, at the very least, Black Dragons is conducting its own investigation and will take everything with a grain of salt. Pings declined to comment on whether Ubisoft reached out to the team. Pings also said that the team has attempted to contact Thy to no avail. Without direct comment from Thy, it becomes more difficult to figure out if there’s any merit to his allegations.
Pings has since deleted his tweets explaining his initial take on the accusations before receiving audio of the partially-recorded conversation between GdNN1 and Thy.
Match-fixing is a major accusation to bring to the table, so it’s difficult to imagine that Ubisoft hasn’t contacted the Brazilian team.
Leonardo Biazzi contributed to this report. This interview has been edited for clarity.