4th May 2018
For its nature esports is particularly vulnerable to match-fixing and we have witnessed a few cases over the last years. Given the rise of esports betting at a global level, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), have stipulated an agreement with the objective of working together to identify and report any potential irregularities and suspicious betting patterns with regards to esports competitions.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “Betting on esports has been growing consistently in the last few years and the global appeal among millennials on digital entertainment is the driving force behind it. esports and in-play Mobile Betting are a perfect combination of social entertainment and interaction. GLMS, has been monitoring the phenomenon over the last 3 years now and we consider esports an area to dedicate specific efforts and commitment given the impact on young citizens and society as a whole. We are very excited to support ESIC in its mission to tackle the integrity challenges within the esports arena. Thanks to our growing network which guarantees local expertise and global reach, I am convinced that we can make a difference in the domain of esports as well”.
ESIC Commissioner, Ian Smith, adds: “ESIC being the main integrity player in the field of esports is pleased to welcome GLMS into its network of partners. GLMS, thanks to its experience on monitoring betting patterns, as well as its global operations with hubs in Copenhagen and Hong Kong will for sure be a great asset in the pursuit of our mission. The expertise of GLMS in managing intelligence and integrity matters as well as its local presence in almost 30 countries across the world will also help us enhance our education and prevention activities”.
GLMS and ESIC have already enjoyed a fruitful unofficial cooperation and exchange of information over the past years. Beyond the cooperation on the monitoring of betting patterns, the two parties have also agreed to work together on the development of relevant educational programmes to raise awareness about risks related to betting on esports competitions across the globe.