PandaScore has been named as the official data partner of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), joining an ‘exclusive class’ of data-based business partners of the organisation.
The real-time esports data and AI-powered statistics provider will collaborate with ESIC in identifying and investigating suspicious betting activity in esports.
Additionally, as an official data partner of the commission, PandaScore will contribute to the minoring of betting market behaviours and uncover data-driven insights to assist with ESIC’s overall ongoing risk monitoring activities.
Flavien Guillocheau, CEO of PandaScore, commented: “Partnering with ESIC is a milestone moment for PandaScore, solely driven by our commitment to combat match-fixing and uphold our industry’s integrity to the highest standards.
Through the power of high-quality data, we hope to be a key contributor to the successful implementation of ESICS’s Global Integrity Framework, ensuring the sustainable growth of our burgeoning esports industry.”
In addition to its new partner in ESIC, PandaScore includes bookmakers Betcris and Pixel.bet in its list client portfolio, having secured back-to-back agreements with the two operators in July 2020.
This was followed by a successful funding round in October, in which the firm raised €5 million, led by Française des Jeux (FDJ) venture capital fund ‘V13 Invest’.
“We are excited to further expand ESIC’s growing network of Official Data Partners with the entrance of PandaScore as ESIC’s latest Official Data Partner,” said Stephen Hanna, ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships.
“Reliable data is at the centre of ESIC’s ability to effectively administer its Integrity Programme. Partnering with reliable data providers that possess an integrity mindset, like PandaScore, is a step towards more effective administration of a global integrity framework.”
Integrity initiatives have become a key focus for esports organisers in recent months due to continual reports of suspicious betting activity, with over 35 Australian participants banned by ESIC in January, whilst the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 17 esports alerts in the first quarter of 2021.