Why ESIC have teamed up with ICSS Europe

Why ESIC have teamed up with ICSS Europe

Friday, February 24, 2017 Posted by Sam Cooke

ICSS Europe and the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) have joined forces in order to better tackle betting fraud within esports.

Ian Smith, Integrity Commissioner for ESIC, told Totally Gaming: “The decision to work with ICSS was easy because we are totally aligned in what we’re trying to achieve in sports integrity and they bring capacity, resources and experience to ESIC that would otherwise take me years and a huge amount of money to replicate.”

The terms of the partnership will see ICSS Europe help ESIC to enhance educational procedures around anti-corruption for players, game publishers and tournament organisers.  The two organisations will also work together on awareness initiatives to promote integrity across the industry and play a main investigative role should there be any match-fixing allegations. This will include interviews, liaising with betting analysts, and obtaining statements.

Like ESIC, ICSS Europe is a non profit and independent organisation but has until now been focused only on traditional sports.  

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros CEO of ICSS EUROPE, commented: “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.”

Totally Gaming says: As more operators offer more esports, and more and more tournaments emerge too these kind of partnerships are essential in ensuring the utmost integrity across titles and competitions.

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