VADR Media, the parent company of online competitive chess platform Checkmate.live, has announced the acquisition of AI anti-cheat technology company Szuperchess.
The company plans to integrate Szuperchess into the platform, using the anti-cheat in online chess games. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Szuperchess’ anti-cheat technology uses AI and machine learning, as well as a computer’s integrated camera, to track player movements during competitive matches.
Since cheating in online chess can be done by looking up moves on a different computer, this anti-cheat makes sure that the players are concentrating on the match at all times.
The new acquisition comes shortly after Checkmate.live partnered with Tencent Cloud, a cloud computing solutions arm of Chinese tech and gaming company Tencent.
VADR Media claimed that the partnership with Tencent and the recent acquisition of Szuperchess dramatically improves the capability to detect cheating on the platform, providing a better experience for players that compete fairly.
Checkmate noted that it wants to implement the new technology in mind sports, video games, iGaming and metaverse projects. The recent partnerships between VADR Media and the Asian and Arab Chess Federations mean that Checkmate.live is now officially supported by federations in more than 70 countries.
Joan Buch Prades, Founder of Szuperchess, commented on the acquisition: “Our proprietary technology gives Checkmate a significant competitive edge and the ability to scale cash tournaments globally.
“Szuperchess has been battle-tested by grandmasters across multiple tournaments, and I’m excited to join their AI and integrity team and help expand its capabilities.”