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SportsModule and 247 Leagues join ESIC

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Sports data supplier SportsModule, and its subsidiary esports tournament organiser 247 Leagues, have obtained membership of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

ESIC said the organisations’ membership highlights their dedication to adopting and promoting ESIC’s Integrity Programme, in order to assist in the broader fight against cheating and corruption in esports competitions.

247 Leagues will integrate ESIC’s integrity codes and standards into its tournament operations, to encourage fair play and sporting integrity across the tournaments hosted on its platform.

The tournament organiser was set up in 2020 to host daily competition across a range of esports. It said it holds a goal to maintain credibility and trust within its operations, and its players participate from a single venue to ensure that the highest levels of integrity control are in place with event supervisors overseeing all tournaments.

“We are excited to welcome 247 Leagues as a member of ESIC,” said Ian Smith, ESIC commissioner.

“247 Leagues’ commitment to ESIC is reflective of their pledge to maintain integrity in their esports operations. We believe it is important to collaborate with tournament operators such as 247 Leagues in order to facilitate the continual harmonisation of competitive integrity efforts in esports.”

Robert Verschoyle, founder of SportsModule, added: “We are delighted to start a partnership with ESIC, which fits perfectly with our ambition to be a leading international eSports organiser with a trustworthy and transparent brand.”

“247 Leagues aims to cater perfectly to the high integrity requirements of all our customers. We welcome a more regulated esports market and see our membership with ESIC as vital in helping to support this process.”

Earlier this week, ESIC secured its first data partnership with esports data supplier Esports Charts, with the aim of improving its understanding of industry trends and behaviours.

Last week, 35 professional esports players were issued with sanctions, banning them from taking part in professional tournaments for periods between 12 and 60 months. The sanctions were related to betting offences committed by the players, including betting against their own teams.

Last year, the commission banned a total of 37 professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive coaches who were found to have cheated by exploiting an in-game bug.

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