Joining ESIC shows that WePlay Esports respects and follows the rules of fair play in esports.
It’s official: WePlay Esports media holding joined the Esports Integrity Commission. The organization’s mission is to ensure fair play in the industry and to develop a framework for preventing, responding, investigating, and prosecuting all forms of fraud.
We asked Oleh Humeniuk, СEO at WePlay Esports, what this step means for the holding company and how the parties will cooperate.
How might the esports media holding company benefit from joining the organization?
We are part of a vibrant industry that has become a mature field of business. One of the signs of this maturity is that the esports industry players are working together to establish regulations and eradicate even the mere possibility of fraud. And if someone cheats, an immediate and united response must take place. We must, if I may put it this way, leave the Wild West era behind for the sake of the esports industry's stable growth and financial success.
Becoming an Esports Integrity Commission partner will help us in identifying any malpractices during our events. This step is well-timed since, over the next two years, we plan to host events in more esports titles than we do now and create new tournament circuits.
How will both entities cooperate? What are WePlay Esports’ responsibilities?
ESIC manages the industry integrity and principles program, so one of our primary responsibilities is to adopt and incorporate it into our operations and promote it. We must also recognize ESIC’s resolutions on disputes or sanctions that it may provide in line with its program. If the Commission develops or recommends an education program aimed at combating malpractice on the part of the industry players, WePlay Esports will promote and implement it.
We will also have the opportunity to influence ESIC's decisions. How? For instance, by sharing information (ensuring the confidentiality of parties until they are found guilty) if there are concerns regarding suspicious activity during our events, or if ESIC initiates an investigation to which we can contribute.
Do you intend to take an active part in ESIC activities?
Yes — moreover, the status of an official partner allows us to assist the Esports Integrity Commission in developing a unified framework for preventing and dealing with fraud in esports.
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