Over A Year After Charges Were Filed, Ryan Tan Shern Pleads Guilty On Valorant Match Fixing Charges

The charge could carry up to 5 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

Michael Byrne
By Michael Byrne, Editor in Chief
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Here's a follow-up for you! Back in 2020, a few friends involved in the Valorant esports scene, one being an actual player on Resurgence, faced corruption charges stemming from accusations of betting on and fixing matches.

At the time, Riot Games moved rather quickly to investigate and issued bans and suspensions to members of Team Resurgence. The basic gist of things was that Malcolm "Germsg" Chung was owed money from friend Ryan Tan Shern. Tan was unable to repay the debt, so the two concocted a scheme where Tan would bet on Chung's upcoming Epulze Royal South-east Asia Cup match, Chung would throw the match, and the two would get the cash.

You can read Jason Winter's full article at the time for the full details, but that catches you up.

Tan pled guilty in court to the corruption charge Thursday (Singapore time) and now faces up to five years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both according to news from The Straits Times. He's unlikely to face a penalty at the stiffer end of things though as the judge advised that they rarely see corruption charges against people so young and is asking for reports to assess Tan's ability to receive probation and rehabilitation training.

Chung, on the other hand, is still facing charges of his own under the Remote Gambling Act but that case continues to be litigated by the courts.

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Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne, Editor in Chief
Mike “Magicman” Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site’s current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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