The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has been confirmed as the official sanctioning body for the ICE Esports Arena $250k CS:GO tournament which takes place live on the show floor of ICE London (4-6 February, ExCeL London, UK). This year’s ICE London will be the venue for event organisers, Clarion Gaming, and the ESIC to sign a strategic three-year partnership which will see both organisations collaborating across a broad range of issues and topics impacting the developing relationship between the esports sector and the gambling industry.
Commenting on their presence as sanctioning body for the Esports Arena tournament, which will be broadcast live, ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith said: “We are delighted to be overseeing the officiating and rules and regulations for this important event. Our partnership with Clarion provides wonderful opportunities to raise awareness about the relationship between esports and betting on esports and helping to professionalise officiating in the industry. We look forward to developing this innovation with Clarion over the next three years.”
As part of the sanctioning body’s function, ESIC will be providing player education throughout the tournament on key competitive integrity risk areas including cheating, match fixing and doping. ESIC will also be providing external referee support to oversee tournament administration and ensure ESIC compliance during the operation of the tournament.
ICE London 2020 will also see the ESIC become a Supporting Partner interfacing across Clarion’s portfolio of market leading events and services. The three-year agreement will be signed at the ICE Esports Arena by Clarion Gaming Head of esports William Harding, and Stephen Hanna, Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships at the Esports Integrity Commission.
Heralding the agreement, William Harding stated: “In recent years esports and gambling have become inextricably interwoven. Inherently very different industries, esports has a very protective and authentic user base. A respectful and tailored approach from the gambling sector is required in order to support the fast growth within the sector. ESIC is quickly becoming a leading guiding force for the international esports industry, delivering a comprehensive range of services that significantly prevent foul play. In my opinion tournament organisers which operate in the gambling sector need to hold themselves to a very high standard. Fair gameplay is essential for operators to function commercially within this space. Our stakeholders based throughout the world look to Clarion Gaming to provide a platform for insightful, expert analysis and we are delighted to now be working alongside one of the leading authorities on esports.”
Echoing these sentiments, Stephen Hanna, Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships at the Esports Integrity Commission added: “Clarion Gaming has a reputation for delivering professional and well executed business-to-business events for the gambling industry. ESIC is excited to enter into this partnership which will see us working with Clarion to ensure that esports is authentically represented at their events, in a way that is helpful to both industries. By doing so, ESIC will continue to safeguard the integrity of esports on a global scale.”