The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), an organization tackling various integrity issues in the esports industry, continues its expansion. The organization welcomes three new entities to its member list: GEEM, UMG, and LVP.
As stated in the announcement, the newly added members should further strengthen and solidify ESIC’s position in combating all forms of corruption and cheating in the esports industry.
GEEM, a Dubai-based digital esports platform, will help address integrity in the Middle Eastern esports community. The organization currently covers tournaments and leaderboards for FIFA 18, with plans to expand into games like Overwatch, Rocket League, and Street Fighter.
“One of our first moves after curating GEEM, before we had even launched our platform or hosted a tournament, was to join ESIC,” said GEEM founder Charles Wright. “We have a staunch outlook on creating a credible and safe environment for esports growth in the MENA Region. As we pivot and scale the platform, ESIC’s mission will remain at the core of all our offerings.”
The second company is UMG, a US-based online tournament platform and event organizer. By hosting LAN events across multiple esports titles, the company can contribute to improving the industry directly.
“All of us at UMG believe in having the highest level of standards for ourselves, our products, and our gaming community,” said UMG CEO Dave Antony. “Joining the ESIC solidifies our commitment to our community and partners that we are making every effort to keep our gaming space fair and safe for all gamers everywhere, online and at live events.”
Finally, LVP, or Liga de Videojuegos Profesional, is the third organization to join up. The Spanish tournament organizer operates the Superliga Orange, Spain’s national professional esports league across League of Legends, CS:GO, and Clash Royale. The company is backed by Spanish mobile phone operator Orange and is also a member of the International Esports Federation.
“The LVP enters the Esports Integrity Coalition with great pride and a greater sense of responsibility,” said LVP Head of Institutional Relations Sergi Mesonero. “As the engine that has powered the Spanish esports ecosystem since 2011, at the LVP, we aim for competitions 100 percent free of manipulation and fraud, true to the values that have governed us from the very beginning: sportsmanship and fair play.”
Ongoing global expansion
Since its creation in 2015, ESIC has continuously expanded its member list. Last year, the organization welcomed five new members to its team. Drawing from various fields and geographical areas, the organization is thinking globally.
According to its website, the ESIC works with over 30 members, sponsors, and regulators. These include esports giants like ESL, Unikrn, skybet, and others.
Integrity and transparency in a booming market like esports is of great benefit to all participants.