20th March 2018
Rivalry.gg joins ESIC with the goal of supporting the application of best practise across the esports betting industry.
Rivalry, a new esports focused sports betting operator fully licenced in the Isle of Man, has completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). ESIC is one of the most reputable regulatory esports authorities in the world and has the clear-cut goal of creating an above board playing field for all members of the industry.
"At Rivalry our foremost effort is to provide esports enthusiasts with a legal, and safe way to bet on competitive play in the games they eat, breathe, and sleep. Our participation in ESIC is a cornerstone piece of this effort." Said the Co-Founder of Rivalry, Steven Salz. "We have been members of this community for some time now and were frustrated with the unregulated and underage betting market that was growing rapidly seemingly without intervention. Some of that we believe was due to lack of alternatives that met the needs of gamers, and also education on why regulation matters in online gambling. Our goal is to tackle both of those problems head on at Rivalry."
Rivalry is just in the early days of launch, with an initial focus on pre-match betting and original content. We asked Steven what else the community can come to expect from Rivalry over the coming months, "This is just the beginning for us. Next steps are implementing the minimum requisite of features from a traditional sportsbook perspective, such as live betting, followed by a much deeper offering. We spent the better part of 2017 curating and testing various bespoke feature sets that we believe the community will love and can't wait to share them with everyone."
"ESIC is pleased to welcome another specialist esports betting operator into membership to extend our suspicious bet alert network and help us detect possible match-fixing as it happens," added Ian Smith, the ESIC Integrity Commissioner, "and having a legitimate, licensed operator that supports esports integrity and our vital education programme helps lessen the influence of dodgy operators and betting fraudsters."