Whether you follow it or not, whether you like it or not; eSports is a thing. ESports is slowly growing in popularity and following, so it’s understandable that an organisation would exist to regulate what is deemed as a sport (we’re ignoring the controversy around that statement for now).
The ESIC (ESport Integrity Coalition) is an organisation that is attempting to regulate ESports and combat what it deems to be the four big threats to eSports; cheating via software, online attacks to slow/disable the opponent, match-fixing and doping (e.g. the use of adderall in eSports). The organisation does have policies in place to combat these. If you’re interested in seeing what the ESIC are doing check out the site for the policies. You can find out more about the organisation on their “About Us” page.
The organisation is in the news as they have announced that five new members have joined the coalition in their efforts to regulate eSports. The new members are:
- Esports Middle East (ESME) – the first and most advanced dedicated non-profit esports organization in the Middle East and North Africa. ESME translated the ESIC Code into Arabic and will be hosting integrity seminars in the region.
- NODWIN Gaming – the first company in India to offer complete solutions for companies operating in the gaming and esports sector in India. NODWIN gaming is the emerging premier tournament organiser on the sub-continent with licenses from Valve, ESL, ESWC and others. They runs various properties such as the ESL India Premiership, The Mountain Dew – Dew Arena, the ESWC with Red Bull and The Best of the best series.
- Mettlestate – a multi-gaming and esports organisation from South Africa and organiser of the first R1,000,000.00 CS:GO tournament.
- ESP esportspools.com – The number one esports fantasy site on the internet and soon to be releasing their esports betting site.
- FirstBlood – An esports platform that allows players to challenge each other and win rewards utilizing incorruptible blockchain technology.
These new members are “dedicated to combating all forms of corruption and cheating in the world of esports”, and will surely not be the last members to join the coalition in their efforts.
What do you think of this news? Does eSports need regulating? Or is it a pointless venture? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @bulletin_ben!