Esports betting operator Ultimate Tournament eSportsbook has joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) as the newest anti-corruption supporter.
As a member of ESIC, Ultimate Tournament will assist the Commission in investigations regarding suspicious betting activity across its platform. Further, the company will endorse ESIC’s greater efforts against match-fixing and betting fraud within the esports industry.
Ultimate Tournament eSportsbook is a white-label esports platform that also provides betting odds and community features.
Alex Pickett, Co-founder and CEO of Ultimate Tournament said: “Esports is undeniably a rapidly growing industry and, as a U.S.-based gaming operator, match integrity and customer protection are of the highest concern for us.
“In order for esports to grow, and for users to have the safe experience they deserve, we believe it is imperative to work together as an industry to set a standard for fair play, and to enforce those standards universally. We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with ESIC and join the fight against match fraud and help push esports to the next level!”
The company joins Cyber.Bet, Oddin, Midnite, Parimatch, Betway, Rivalry, Sky Bet, and Unikrn, among a slew of data providers and tournament operators that have joined ESIC to detect cheating, match-fixing, and betting fraud.
Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner commented: “We are happy to welcome Ultimate Tournament as an Anti-Corruption Supporter of ESIC. Our anti-corruption supporters play an important role in our mission to deter cheating and fraudulent activity within betting.
“By joining ESIC, Ultimate Tournament has displayed its commitment to playing its part in maintaining the integrity of esports. We look forward to working with Ultimate Tournament to investigate suspicious betting activity, and curb cheating and betting fraud within esports.”
Recently, ESCI identified 42 individuals guilty of betting-related infractions concerning official matches played on Counter-Strike matchmaking platform ESEA. The players were banned from participating in ESCI partner events for up to 60 months.
Esports Insider says: The global esports betting market was already worth $7.75 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $18.4 billion by 2026, per MarketResearch. As more U.S. states legalise esports betting, the need for integrity becomes more urgent, and it’s nice to see companies like Ultimate Tournament agree to help.