Sports data provider Sportradar has agreed an integrity services deal with eSports competition organiser Riot Games, as well as an extended partnership with the German Football League (DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga).
The agreement with Riot Games will see Sportradar Integrity Services monitor global betting relating to League of Legends eSports events and report any potential integrity issues to the organiser.
Sportradar is also providing Riot Games with access to its specialised Intelligence and Investigation Services unit, with both companies working together to review the eSports organiser’s in-house integrity policies, procedures, and future educational programs for professional eSports competitors.
“Through this partnership, Riot Games is bolstering its capabilities by implementing an effective and innovative integrity program,” said Andy Cunningham, head of North America integrity services and league relations at Sportradar. “With legal sports betting expected to grow over the next several years, especially in the US, we are encouraged by Riot’s proactivity, as it looks to maintain and further establish its leadership position in the esports space.”
Riot Games head of eSports insights Doug Watson commented: “The competitive integrity of our sport is of the utmost importance for Riot Games. As our sport continues to grow, it’s important that we monitor developing trends and ensure we have the necessary mechanisms in place to account for shifts in our industry.
“This partnership with Sportradar enables us to protect our players, teams, and competitions and continue to deliver a best-in-class product to our fans.”
Sportradar has also extended its partnership with the DFL to protect against betting-related match-fixing.
The partnership was first established in 2005 and will ensure the integrity of all DFL competitive matches for the next two years, including Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches, the relegation play-offs, the Supercup, and friendlies involving Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 teams in Germany and abroad.