Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament circuit BLAST Pro Series has become a member of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).
The RFRSH Entertainment property has integrated ESIC’s integrity programme into its terms and conditions, according to a release.
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Jordi Roig, VP Development & Executive Relations at BLAST Pro Series commented in a release: “We are happy to be a part of ESIC’s Integrity Programme and look forward to continue working with ESIC and other entities in the field developing a more stable and structured global Counter-Strike scene.
“BLAST is all about creating the most, entertaining, competitive and fair environment for all parties involved and being a member of ESIC supports this mission. We like to see BLAST tournaments as cut-throat competition and all teams involved in BLAST therefore need to be able to compete on the same, fair terms in their attempt to win the trophies. Meaning equal rules and sanctions need to apply.”
BLAST Pro Series has chosen to implement anti-doping testing as its major events moving forward. It has joined other tournament organisers DreamHack, ESL, LVP, Estars Studios, and Nodwin Gaming as a member of the not-for-profit association.
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Ian Smith, Commissioner of Esports Integrity Commission also commented: “We have been working with BLAST for nearly a year to ensure competitive integrity and a clear regulatory framework for their innovative CS:GO events and I am very pleased to formally welcome them into ESIC membership. From day one they were committed to the highest standards of regulation and the adoption of our Anti-Corruption Code from the very first tournament was an honour for us and a signal of their intent.”
ESIC welcomed esports bookmaker LOOT.BET as an anti-corruption supporter in September, meaning it will provide internal data for initiating and conducting investigations in the future.
Esports Insider says: We say it every time, ESIC is fighting the good fight in esports. We commend any company that commits to working alongside the association in an effort to create a more fair and stable competitive landscape, and this includes BLAST Pro Series. This comes at a good time too as it’s not long before BLAST Premier comes into the picture.