23 October 2017
The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has today launched its esports specific online anti-corruption education tutorial. The tutorial, which can be completed in around 30 minutes, is available to esports players and other participants so that they can achieve a foundation level awareness of the rules governing betting on esports, the implications of the growth of gambling alongside the threat to the sporting integrity of the industry, how to recognise a match-fixing approach and what to do about it.
ESIC has been providing live face to face anti-corruption education to more than 400 professional players across CS:GO, DOTA2, LOL and SC2 in the last 18 months, but reaching all esports players this way is very expensive, time-consuming and inevitably misses that large constituency that don’t play in major LAN events. Consequently, this online tool provides an easily accessible method for getting basic and vital knowledge out to the community.
The tutorial can be reached using this link:
Ian Smith, ESIC Integrity Commissioner, said, “The availability of this tutorial is a big step forward in protecting esports from potential corrupting influences. Education is the best deterrent to corrupt behavior. Unfortunately, most esports players are not familiar with sporting regulations having not been part of an organised professional sports environment in the same way as their peers in traditional sports, which makes this tutorial doubly important as esports matures and the temptations of our ever growing betting markets become more and more apparent.”
ESIC acknowledges the unwavering support of our members in getting this tutorial developed and making it available. In particular, Sportradar, GameCo and our betting operator members have contributed their ESIC member subscriptions specifically to our education fund and we could not have got this done without them.
“ESIC’s ambition is to have every esports player participating in matches on which betting markets are offered completing this tutorial. We will work with our tournament organiser and publisher members to ultimately make it mandatory to have done this tutorial before competing in prize money events,” Smith went on to explain. “We also aim to add an anti-doping element in due course and to provide the tutorial in multiple languages. ESIC is committed to helping the entire esports ecosystem deal with threats to its integrity and we believe this tutorial to be a seminal development in our efforts.”