February 17 – The eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and International Centre for Sport Security Europe (ICSS EUROPE) have signed an agreement to work on match-fxing integrity issues facing the esports industry.
ICSS EUROPE will work with the ESIC on its global anti-corruption campaign, which over the next 12 months will include initiatives to:
- “Enhance education around anti-corruption for players, competitors, game developers and tournament organisers
- Support the development of awareness initiatives to promote integrity across the industry
- Provide investigative support on match-fixing investigations including liaising with betting analysts, conducting interviews, carrying out necessary research and obtaining statements
- Work with ESIC on the development of a ‘fit and proper persons’ criteria”
The esports industry is rapidly growing and is projected to pass the $1 billion mark for global revenues in 2017.
Ian Smith (pictured right), Integrity Commissioner for the esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), said: “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.”
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