The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has announced its first-ever data partnership with global esports data provider Esports Charts.
Both organisations will collaborate to develop a ‘more sophisticated understanding of industry trends and behaviours’.
According to the release, Esports Charts is hoping to support ESIC in its continued delivery of best practice standards and integrity frameworks for the broader esports industry.
Ivan Danishevskyi, Founder of Esports Charts, said: “The integrity of data, protection of the market from fraud, systematisation of information, favourable market growth, fair play – are the main tasks in the Esports Charts’ mission. And we are glad that ESIC is our teammate in these matters, who deeply shares all of them. By creating standards and best practices, together we kickstart esports to unprecedented heights!”
As a result of the partnership, Esports Charts will grant ESIC with access to its data. Moreover, both entities work together on the publication of periodic reports that gauge data metrics related to integrity and industry risk.
ESIC and Esports Charts will also collaborate on several academic use cases for the data provider’s products.
Stephen Hanna, ESIC’s Director of Global Partnerships, added: “ESIC is happy to have Esports Charts join ESIC as a Data Partner. This partnership with Esports Charts will allow ESIC to tap into reliable data which will help ESIC stay informed about the industry trends relevant to its operations. Further to this, ESIC is looking forward to working with Esports Charts in order to augment academic prospects within the esports field through the facilitation of data accessibility. Data Partnerships like this one are vital to ESIC’s ongoing success.”
Formed in 2015, the Esports Integrity Commission is a not-for-profit association dedicated to fighting match manipulation, betting fraud and other threats to integrity in esports. ESIC counts a number of high profile members among its ranks, including DreamHack, ESL, BLAST, Paramatch, and Esports Insider.
Most recently the commission issued a $10,000 (~£7,321) fine to French esports organisation Team Vitality in response to a ‘stream-sniping breach of the ESIC Code’ at the BLAST Premier Global Finals. According to ESIC, there was no ‘malicious intention’ by the organisation regarding the breach.
Esports Insider says: All the hype around esports doesn’t amount to a thing when a team is caught cheating or betting fraud occurs. It’s great to see so many organisations join forces to keep our industry honest, which helps everyone.