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ESEA Gaming Network Employee Fired for Turning Software Into Bitcoin-Mining Trojan

Network now facing lawsuit


An unidentified staffer at the ESEA gaming network has been fired for allegedly turning the company's software into a secret Bitcoin-mining Trojan.

In April, ESEA (the E-Sports Entertainment Association) admitted that its software—which serious Counter-Strike players use to play each other in anti-cheating modes—had been altered to secretly mine Bitcoins. At the time, ESEA blamed an unidentified staffer. Now, as the company faces a class action lawsuit, it says that employee has been axed.