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The eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and International Centre for Sport Security Europe (ICSS EUROPE) have signed a new agreement to collaborate on a range of projects and initiatives to help enhance the integrity of the esports industry.
With the esports industry projected to pass the US$1 billion dollar mark for global revenues in 2017 and continuing to experience significant investment and rapid growth worldwide - including within international betting markets - ESIC and the ICSS EUROPE will work together across several areas to encourage good governance, integrity and transparency in esports, as well addressing and preventing the manipulation of competitions and results.
In particular, the ICSS EUROPE will provide expert advice and support to ESIC on its global anti-corruption campaign, which includes the implementation of a 12-month action plan that will see the ICSS EUROPE provide a variety of services 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
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ian Smith, Integrity Commissioner for the esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), said:
“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. 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.”
Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros CEO of ICSS EUROPE, said:
“Esports is a rapidly expanding industry. Without appropriate oversight, it may be left open to abuses and corrupt practices. 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. The ICSS EUROPE is delighted to partner with ESIC. We look forward to working with them during our 12-month action plan and to support their global anti-corruption campaign.
Like ESIC, the ICSS EUROPE is committed to safeguarding integrity and eliminating cheating from sport. This is our mission and we take it very seriously.”