The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to keep integrity of eSports and online betting. With this collaboration, the two parties will work together to prevent the illegal manipulation of esports events and competitions.
Established in 2015, ESIC is a non profit organisation whose mission is to deal with issues of common interest facing the esports community, including disrepute, cheating, doping, DDoS attacks, match-fixing and the use of online attacks such as denial-of-service. MGA and licensed operators in Malta will provide information on suspicious betting patterns to help the ESIC with its own investigations into such activities.
Ian Smith, ESIC Integrity Commissioner, said: “We are delighted that the Malta Gaming Authority has agreed to work with us in making esports a safer wagering environment. The MGA is a very highly respected regulator of sports betting and it has been a pleasure developing this information sharing mechanism with them. Adding the experience and vital information of our other partners in the information exchange to the Authority’s intelligence database and vice versa will undoubtedly strengthen all our efforts considerably.”
The MGA’s chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, said: “I am very pleased that we signed this MoU with ESIC. Keeping abuse and crime out of sports betting is high on our agenda and the MGA will always be at the forefront to collaborate in such matters both locally and internationally”