The eSports Integrity Coalition is a new organization that will address issues of cheating in eSports, with a particular focus
The eSports Integrity Coalition is a new organization that will address issues of cheating in eSports, with a particular focus on match-fixing and doping. Ian Smith has become its first ever commissioner. No more cheating, fellow gamers.
The Coalition will take responsibility for all forms of the process, including drawing up rules, investigating breaches and then prosecuting those who flout them, while also working to prevent such instances arising in the first place.
To this end, ESIC is working with key stakeholders in the esports community, from developers, publishers and players to broadcasters, betting associations and league owners, to create a unified vision for what the rules should be, and how they should be implemented.
Official Press Release
Ian Smith has worked at the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee and the International Cricket Council. He’s also advised various organizations on integrity, including the Professional Players Association, EUAthletes, Uni World Athletes and more. It seems that Mr.Smith is the perfect man for the job.
It has been eye-opening and a privilege to work in eSports these past nine months and to have gained sufficient trust within the industry to be appointed the first Integrity Commissioner. I have spent the last 20 years working across a range of sports, involved heavily in the protection of their integrity, so I am looking forward to applying all those insights and experience to the esports ecosystem. There are many challenges ahead, but it is to esports’ credit that the industry is taking these steps in anticipation of a foreseeable problem, rather than in reaction to a crisis, which is the route taken by most traditional sports to date.
Ian Smith, The eSports Integrity Coalition Commissioner