Fnatic CS:GO esports player Robin “flusha” Rönnquist has finally been proven guilty of tax evasion back in 2015. He defended himself by saying it was a lack of awareness that led to the situation, therefore avoiding jail.
According to Fragbite, flusha should have declared over 1.04 million Swedish kronor ($120 thousand) as income in 2015, resulting in a 57 percent tax rate. The prosecutor then sentenced him to pay the tax back with an added fine.
Flusha’s CS:GO Winnings
2015 was also the best out of his career so far. It started at ESL One: Katowice where he led his team to the Grand Finals and defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas 2–1. Then, despite not performing well in the group phase, Fnatic ended up winning the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 with a 3–1 victory over Cloud9.
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Coming into the next major in ESL One Cologne, everyone knew Fnatic was a strong powerhouse. Even Team EnVyUS did not outperform flusha’s team in the Grand Finals, letting Fnatic hold their second in a row Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major title. The organization also won ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2, FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals, DreamHack Open Tours, and DreamHack Open Summer that year.
With all these successes in mind, Fnatic’s CS:GO esports team made over a million and flusha received over $120 thousand in prize money. However, he did not declare it as income, which came back to haunt him.
Prize money winnings are considered income in Sweden, so not declaring them is a crime. Nonetheless, flusha made it clear that he did not do it on purpose and with malicious intent. This situation happened because of his lack of awareness and knowledge. This justification clearly was not enough to absolve him of anything but allowed him to avoid time in jail.
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He will have to pay the tax money he owes, with an added surcharge of 40 percent. Then, as a gesture of goodwill, he paid around a hundred dollars to the Swedish Crome Victims Fund. In the end, flusha owes over $140 thousand to his country and many hours of community service. Thankfully, he managed to avoid the usual four months of imprisonment.
Fans of flusha, Fnatic, and CS:GO esports can rest easy knowing that it could be worse. After all, his 120 hours of service won’t be in the way of him performing. He should be giving his all in Flashpoint Season 2. Still, this is why many agencies are entering the esports market. Young players in any esports scene need help to make good career choices and avoid difficult situations.
Written by Charles FUSTER
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