Anti-tamper technology company Denuvo has joined the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) to help with the not-for-profit association’s agenda of eradicating cheating in competitive gaming.
Denuvo was acquired by Irdeto, a software security and media technology company, earlier this year.
Irdeto’s involvement in ESIC follows on from a survey that the company carried out earlier in 2018, which revealed that over half of the UK and Germany’s gamers have experienced cheating while playing video games.
Reinhard Blaukovitsch, Managing Director of Denuvo, Irdeto commented: “Esports is a rapidly growing sector that generates a lot of excitement, and quite significant monetary prizes. You can easily see how cheating would have huge ramifications on both players and the industry,” . “We must continue to combat cheating in both online multiplayer games and Esports, and our membership of ESIC is a symbol of our commitment to protecting legitimate players from the negative impact of cheating.”
Other members of ESIC include the likes of UMG, ESL, DreamHack, LVP, and Intel.
Ian Smith, Commissioner of ESIC added: “It is always wonderful to welcome new members into the Coalition. The addition of Denuvo will support our efforts to keep Esports safer against the threat of cheating, match manipulation and betting fraud.”
Esports Insider says: Denuvo has been the subject of plenty of discussions – some positive and some negative – but joining the ESIC shows solid intentions. Plenty of big esports companies are involved with the association, and having a company with a broader gaming expertise may be beneficial to stamping down on in-game cheating.