Oddin.gg, the major player in the AI-driven sports odds feed and risk management industry, is getting serious about security and safety. They have just announced that the Esports Integrity Commission has certified them as an anti-corruption supporter.
As a certified anti-corruption supporter Oddin will work with the Esports Integrity Commission on any current projects that protect the integrity of the esports scene. There have been plenty of scandals in recent memory that involve match-fixing and manipulation of bets and anti-corruption supporters are working to combat it. In a more general sense, they will also help the Esports Integrity Commission to investigate suspicious activity on betting sites or professional esports events.
Oddin develops AI-driven esports feeds as well as risk management services. These technologies have been used by betting operators to improve their products. Now that Oddin has partnered with the Esports Integrity Commission, they can bring all of their considerable skills to bear on the world of corruption.
As we mentioned earlier, Oddin is a business to business esports tech company. They can deliver lighting fast coverage of all major sports events around the globe and provide users with up to the second betting information.
Comments from the Organizations
Ian Smith, Commissioner of Sports Integrity Commission, spoke about the importance of recruiting members of the sports betting community to combat corruption: “It is very important to us that key sports betting providers such as Oddin become a member. They will help us fight match-fixing practices over the multiple jurisdictions they operate in. We look forward to having long-term cooperation with them.”
Marek Suchar, Head of Partnerships at Oddin, also discussed the need for sports betting companies to work with integrity organizations: “As an sports betting provider, we can’t ignore the integrity issues within the sports sphere. Our goal is to provide an entertaining product that can engage esports fans and enhance their experience when watching esports matches. This whole experience can be ruined if someone alters the competition by cheating. Match-fixing is something we are fighting against thanks to our traders’ expertise and our risk management tools, and now as well collaborating with ESIC.”
The Esports Integrity Commission has been making great strides in preventing the spread of corruption across the esports industry. They have partnered with a major esports data firm, Esports Charts. They are giving the Esports Integrity Commission full access to their data.
They are also planning to work with them to periodically publish reports on integrity and industry. This is so important for integrity in the industry. Sometimes it feels very one sided, the betting companies have all of the cards, and the users have none. These data partnerships will go a long way to addressing that issue.
The Esports Integrity Commission has also made some concrete changes to the world of esports. In September of 2020, the commission sanctioned 27 coaches in CS:GO for the use of an illegal move called the “spectator bug”.
They have also banned over 35 separate esports professionals for betting improprieties. Since the industry is young, they are prone to outbreaks of corruption. These sorts of partnerships are needed to improve the public’s confidence in esports and esports betting.