Press Release

World Intellectual Property Organization and Esports Integrity Commission Announce Groundbreaking Collaboration

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, and the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) today announce a landmark collaboration aimed at enhancing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms within the global esports and video games industries. This partnership symbolises a pioneering step towards providing the necessary, fit-for-purpose infrastructure suited to addressing and mitigating disputes in these rapidly growing industries.


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Victoria Police and Esports integrity commission collaborate in fight against match-fixing

A new agreement will provide police with real-time information alerts from across the world to target suspicious betting activity and deter betting-related match-fixing in esports. The Letter of Arrangement was signed between Victoria Police and esports integrity body the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in February this year. It will allow Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit (SIIU) to receive real-time betting alerts from ESIC on esports events should any matches exhibit suspicious betting activity, ensuring detectives can commence an investigation as soon as possible where required.


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ESIC Announces the return of the ESIC Global Esports Summit taking place in London in February 2023

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), is pleased to announce the return of its ESIC Global Esports Summit (EGES) which is set to take place on the 9th and 10th of February 2023 at the ExCeL, London. The EGES 2023 will bring together various stakeholders within the esports industry including publishers, tournaments organiser, teams, non-endemics, media and more. Stakeholders are invited to discuss and debate topical issues facing the industry while also sharing expertise relevant to the future of the esports industry.


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ESIC TO ISSUE CHARGES RESULTING FROM HISTORICAL SPECTATOR BUG INVESTIGATION

ESIC makes a statement identifying its stance relating to sanctions for the three forms of Spectator Bug discovered during the ESIC’s historical investigation. The Historical Spectator Bug Investigation is expected to result in charges against 134 participants.


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ESPORTS INDUSTRY GATHERS FOR INAUGURAL ESIC GLOBAL ESPORTS SUMMIT IN LONDON NEXT WEEK

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in collaboration with key stakeholders from the global esports industry, is launching the inaugural ESIC Global Esports Summit (EGES) 2022. The conference was established by ESIC to become the meeting place and knowledge share hub for the global esports industry. The event is taking place at the ExCeL, London over 2 days on the 13-14 of April 2022, bringing together peers from across the esports industry.


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ESIC Announces the Launch of the ESIC Global Esports Summit 2022 Taking Place in London.

ESIC announces the launch of the ESIC Global Esports Summit, an industry conference uniting a variety of stakeholders in a neutral environment for meaningful and progressive discussion and collaboration.


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Latest News

ESIC Launches ‘Transparency Initiative’ to Bolster Visibility of Investigative Work and Outcomes

ESIC is aware that the growing public interest in its activities and demand for information to be made available is something that it needs to resolve. It is important that ESIC provide a reliable and proportionate level of insight into the activities it undertakes so as to bolster public confidence in the integrity of esports and of ESIC as its guardian.


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Sanction Outcome

ESIC Hands Down 12 Month Bans to Three Individuals in Legends of Runeterra Cheating Incident

ESIC received a report from ESL Asia relating to the abnormal progression of particular participants in the ESL Mobile Open Legends of Runeterra (Ladder 2) tournament. Upon investigating the evidence provided to ESIC and conducting further enquiries, ESIC determined that the three individuals had colluded to cheat in the ladder-based tournament by engaging in boosting behaviour. Accordingly, ESIC has sanctioned the three individuals with bans of 12 months each. The Legends of Runeterra “LoR” players sanctioned include Le Hiep, DiaComSuon, and Cuticini.


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Press Release

ESIC REFERS EVIDENCE RELATING TO POTENTIAL MATCH-FIXING AND BETTING FRAUD IN RMR EVENT TO VALVE

EPIC’s CIS RMR event has been the subject of public controversy for various reasons. As EPIC is not a member of ESIC, ESIC has not taken steps to investigate the extent of integrity threats in the event. However, on 9 June 2021, ESIC has made a referral to Valve including substantial evidence indicating the existence of potential betting fraud perpetrated by individuals participating or associated with those who were participating in the CIS RMR event run by EPIC.


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Sanction Outcome

ESIC Issues $10,000 fine to Team Vitality for breach of ESIC Code.

ESIC has today issued Team Vitality with a fine of $10,000.00 for their breach of the ESIC Code. ESIC’s decision to fine the organisation rather than disqualify, suspend or ban the team is predicated on ESIC’s review of the evidence which indicates that taking an action in the alternative would have been a disproportionate and unfair outcome for the negligence of the organisation’s staff, who, whilst negligent, had no intentional malice in their actions.


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Sanction Outcome

ESIC Issues Sanctions Against 35 Individuals for Betting Offences

In this statement, ESIC issues sanctions against 35 individuals for betting related behaviour which contravenes the Anti-Corruption Code and increases the sanctions of two further players previously sanctioned for similar offences in 2020. ESIC has also made a referral to law enforcement of those incidents that are potentially a breach of the criminal law in Australia.


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Press Release

Varsity Esports Foundation joins ESIC as a New Member

The Varsity Esports Foundation (VEF) has officially become a member of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC). VEF’s membership with ESIC highlights the Foundation’s commitment to adopting and promoting ESIC’s Integrity Program, ethical standards, and Anti-Corruption mechanisms within their esports operations.


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Sanction Outcome

Joint Statement by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and ESEA regarding sanctions against seven CS:GO players for betting offences

ESIC and ESEA have been jointly investigating multiple instances of breaches of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code within the Mountain Dew League (“MDL”) by several individuals. In this statement, ESIC and ESEA issue the first formal findings resulting from the joint investigation in which seven CS:GO professionals have been issued with 12 month bans as a sanction for placing bets on MDL and other CS:GO matches in breach of both ESEA’s Rules and the ESIC Code.


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Sanction Outcome

Esports Integrity Commission Findings from investigation into CS:GO Spectator Bug Exploitation

On 4 September ESIC announced an investigation into the historical abuse of a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode (Spectator Bug). ESIC contracted the services of Michal Slowinski (the discoverer of wrongful use of this exploit) to work with ESIC in the fulfilment of the inquiry. This statement sets out the findings of the first part of our investigation. ESIC has also decided to include additional information annexed to this statement in order to ensure the greatest possible transparency and understanding of our process and outcomes.


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Sanction Outcome

Esports Integrity Commission statement on exploitation of a bug in CS:GO by team coaches.

On 31st August, ESL and Dreamhack jointly announced bans imposed on Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen of Heroic (12 months from 31st Aug 2020), Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia of MIBR (6 months) and Aleksandr 'MechanoGun' Bogatyrev of Hard Legion (24 months) in consultation with ESIC. Since then ESIC has conducted further reviews of evidence (much of which, but not all, is now in the public domain) as well as, crucially, examining evidence in order to determine if and to what extent players in the relevant teams may have been complicit in the actions of the offending parties.


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Membership Announcement

Midnite Joins ESIC as Anti-Corruption Supporter

Caroline Newman, Head of Compliance at Midnite, said: “At Midnite, we value transparency, integrity and care when it comes to our product and customers. “With our core focus being on esports betting, our ethics revolve around trust and with esports as a whole. ESIC’s experience and expertise on fighting corruption and other threats to the betting and esports industries ensures they remain sustainable and reliable. “Being a member of ESIC is an honour, and we look forward to working with the team there to uphold the integrity of esports.”


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Press Release

ESL and ESIC issues ban to Team VAC Player Emil “emilshe1n” Mamedov

Thursday 30th April: ESL and ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) have investigated an allegation of cheating that was raised against Emil “emilshe1n” Mamedov, during an ESL CS:GO Premiership group stage match between team VAC and team nerdRage on Tuesday 28th April. In conclusion of an investigation undertaken by ESL & ESIC, it is clear that there was a tournament rules violation by emilshe1n and, therefore, an appropriate punishment has been issued as a result of the completed investigation.


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Esports Integrity Commission named official body for ICE London's Esports Arena as part of three-year partnership

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.


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Industry Update

ESIC Announces Introduction of Talent Agent Regulations

In response to strong feedback from industry stakeholders, the Esports Integrity Commission has commenced an initiative which will see a global regulatory scheme introduced to talent agents. The overarching purpose of the scheme is to ensure youth protection and professional integrity in the administration of talent agent operations.


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Membership Announcement

BLAST Pro Becomes an ESIC Member

Blast Pro Series, specialising in high quality, high impact counter-strike events across the world will join a prestigious list of the world’s largest tournament operators by becoming an ESIC member.


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Latest News

ESIC collaboration with Victorian Police contributes to the arrest of six individuals.

ESIC’s involvement in a Victorian Police investigation has contributed to the arrest of six people in relation to suspicious betting activity relating to a particular esports league.


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The Esports Integrity Commission is a not for profit members’ association established in 2015 by key esports stakeholders to deal with issues of common interest – in particular the threat that match manipulation and betting fraud and other integrity challenges pose to esports.

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As the recognised guardian of the integrity of esports, ESIC takes responsibility for the disruption, prevention, investigation and prosecution of all forms of cheating and malpractice, including, but not limited to, match manipulation and doping with the overarching objective of protecting youth, promoting industry professionalism, commerciality and the safeguarding of competitive integrity.

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