The eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) Europe are teaming up to help enhance the integrity of the burgeoning eSports industry.
The two entities plan to work together across a range of projects and initiatives that will advocate for good governance, integrity and transparency in eSports, as well addressing and preventing the manipulation of competitions and results.
Experts at ICSS Europe will provide advice and support to ESIC on its global anti-corruption campaign. A 12-month action plan has been drawn up and will see ICSS Europe offer its services in several key areas, including:
- Enhancing education around anti-corruption for players, competitors, game developers and tournament organisers
- Supporting the development of awareness initiatives to promote integrity across the industry
- Providing investigative support on match-fixing investigations including liaising with betting analysts, conducting interviews, carrying out necessary research and obtaining statements
- Working with ESIC on the development of a ‘fit and proper persons’ criteria.
According to a release announcing the new partnership, the global eSports industry is projected to pass US$1 billion in revenues this year, with significant investment and growth in international betting markets.
“I am very pleased that ESIC has been able to expand its capacity with such an experienced and able organisation as ICSS Europe,” said Ian Smith, the integrity commissioner at ESIC.
“We share the same vision – for sport played to win and free of manipulation and corruption – and it has, consequently, been an easy and obvious decision to work together.
“I’m certain the eSports community will see quick results from this collaboration and I’m looking forward to working with Emanuel and his team over the coming months.”