The exploding growth of e-sports, along with its growing popularity as a betting vehicle, means ensuring the integrity of matches is vital, according to a sports lawyer seeking to set up ESIC, or the Esports Integrity Coalition.
ESIC, launched this week in London, seeks to investigate and prosecute cheating, including doping and match manipulation.
It will use information garnered from watching suspicious betting patterns, with coalition member Sportradar screening betting sites.
“The first victims of fraud are bookmakers, they are the guys paying out,” said Ian Smith, the group’s founder and integrity commissioner.
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