eSport and Sport Integrity Watchdogs Unite Focus

Published Monday, February 20, 2017 -
eSport and Sport Integrity Watchdogs Unite Focus

The introduction of online gambling to eSports activity has taken a long time to be looked at by the regulators of betting from all over the world. The newest form of sport wagering, eSports has become another project for ICSS to tackle. In order to improve the situation the International Centre for Sport Security Europe (ICSS Europe) has partnered with the eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) to bolster the integrity of the professional eSports industry.

The new arrangement between the two security watchdogs will see a slew of initiatives focusing on projects related to good governance, integrity and transparency in the eSports industry. The need for  preventing the manipulation of competitions and results is also on the agenda for the partnered organizations.  Awareness initiatives to promote integrity across the industry will also be implemented investigating allegations of match-fixing, as well as establishing a ‘fit and proper persons’ criteria for the developing international eSport activity. The global anti-corruption campaign will be paramount for ICSS Europe providing advice and support to the ESOC, also educational services for players, competitors, game developers and tournament organisers will be supplied.

ESIC integrity commissioner Ian Smith commented, “I am very pleased that ESIC has been able to expand its capacity with such an experienced and able organisation as ICSS Europe,” “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.”

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, chief executive of ICSS Europe, also commented, “ESports is a rapidly expanding industry; without appropriate oversight, it may be left open to abuses and corrupt practices, and this must be avoided at all costs.

“Thanks to the important work being carried out by the eSports Integrity Coalition, as a guardian of the sporting integrity of eSports, this risk is being minimised.”


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