Competitive gaming platform operator FACEIT has agreed a partnership with Genius Sports to help safeguard integrity in eSports competitions ahead of the third season of the eSports Championship Series (ECS) later this month.

The partnership will also see the ECS become the first eSports competition to be fully integrated with Genius Sports' dedicated CS:GO analytics platform, alongside the supplier's Bet Monitoring System.

The analytics platform can transform data from CS:GO games into predictive outcomes and performance assessments of teams and players, helping to boost spectators and bettors' engagement.

All betting activity will then be monitored across a wide range of bookmakers, helping FACEIT spot unusual wagering patterns, and by extension stamp out match-fixing around its competitions.

This will be supported by educational workshops for ECS staff and competitions, conducted by the Genius Sports team. The supplier believes that this range of solutions can help address issues regarding corruption and skin betting.

"Integrity has always been the core value for FACEIT and ECS," said FACEIT co-founder and chief business officer Michele Attisani said. "We are very aware of the challenges all leagues face as the industry grows and we felt this was a logical next step to safeguard our fans and stakeholders.

"Genius Sports is the trusted and go-to platform for all major sports leagues, their unrivalled experience in this sector alongside the newly developed technology specifically designed for CS:GO makes them an integral partner for ECS as the league continues to grow."

Genius Sports CEO Mark Locke added that he was "incredibly excited" to partner FACEIT to both increase help fan engagement as well as ensuring fair and transparent competitions.

The technology will first be used for the third edition of the ECS, which begins next week on Friday April 14th.

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