eSports Integrity Coalition welcomes GameCo
The eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) is proud to announce the addition of GameCo Inc., creator of the world’s first video game gambling machines (VGM), to its membership.
As the market leader in bringing video games to casinos, GameCo is an important stakeholder in the wider context of eSports integrity and their support for ESIC enabling, in particular, the forthcoming online player education initiative, is a vital pillar in the fight for integrity and against betting fraud in eSports.
eSports Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith said, “We are delighted that GameCo has decided to join ESIC. GameCo operates at the juncture between eSports and betting, and embracing integrity efforts in this early stage of its operations speaks to the company’s impeccable ethos and values and its determination to get things right from day one, not just for itself, but for the wider community in which it operates.”
GameCo Co-Founder and CEO, Blaine Graboyes added, “We developed the concept for video game gambling from our experience in producing eSports events for major publishers. There’s a massive opportunity to evolve casinos into VIP destinations for gamers, and solid industry regulations and standards will be critical to this experience. GameCo looks forward to contributing to ESIC to advance our shared goals.”
GameCo, alongside ESIC’s Betting Partners, will support the ESIC anti-corruption education program which currently consists of face to face educational presentations and live interactive sessions with eSports professional players, management and officials at major LAN events throughout the world. Also, in the first quarter of 2017, ESIC will be launching an interactive online tutorial for completion by players in their own time to ensure all eSports participants have a foundation level of knowledge and awareness about match-fixing, betting fraud and other threats to eSports integrity. Without the support of GameCo, the betting partners and Sportradar, this tutorial could not have been produced.