Integrity Experts Urge Game Publishers To Engage With Esports Match-Fixing

Coordinated attempts by bookmakers to fight esports match-fixing are being thwarted by uninterested video game publishers, integrity experts have warned.

Efforts by sports integrity groups, betting companies and elements of the esports industry to combat the growing risk of match-fixing in professional video gaming are frequently endangered by the control that game publishers exert over the sector, said multiple experts in the field.

"The issue [with esports integrity] is with publishers, because they’re not taking the threat seriously," said Khalid Ali, secretary general of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), speaking on Wednesday on a panel at the International Association of Gambling Regulators conference in Jamaica.

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