ESIC and the International Olympic Committee Announce Official Collaboration

Published: Jun 5, 2024

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced a new groundbreaking partnership with the reveal of a letter of collaboration. The collaboration, divulged by posts on social media on June 5, reveals the sharing of strategies, initiatives, and programmes between the two organizations.

As per the announcement, the ESIC and IOC will collaborate in sharing information, insights, and more on esports integrity. The overall goal will be to create new initiatives which tackle issues surrounding esports integrity across the board. 

ESIC and the International Olympic Committee Announce Official Collaboration
Credit: ESIC

Friedrich Martens, head of the OM Unit PMC at the IOC stated that the collaboration was becoming all the more essential as esports developed: 

“With numerous IFs organizing esports competitions and the IOC planning to organize relevant competitions as well, we need to ensure that we have all the information and intelligence available to make sure that these competitions are free of manipulations or related breaches. Therefore we are very happy about this letter of collaboration formalizing the long-standing communication between ESIC and the OM Unit PMC, particularly as esports is a developing area.”

“Thus, we count on the support of ESIC for safeguarding the integrity and credibility of the esports competitions of the Olympic Movement, specifically to also further understand relevant risks and develop all right measures to mitigate them.”

Stephen Hanna, CEO of ESIC also shared his enthusiasm for the new collaboration: 

“This collaboration with the IOC and the OM Unit PMC denotes a significant milestone for the global esports industry and is a testament to the IOC’s engagement with the industry in the development of its esports strategy. We are looking forward to working with the IOC to support its ambitious esports initiatives. This collaboration further validates the critical nature of ESIC’s mission and provides the industry with further assurance that ESIC’s work is meeting the evolving challenges to competitive integrity in esports.”

The Esports Integrity Commission is an independent body that works to disrupt, prevent, investigate, and prosecute cheating and malpractice in esports. In the past, ESIC has worked hard to prevent cheating, match-fixing, doping, and ensure fair-play across esports as a whole. In April 2024, ESIC announced the launch of the FairPlay Academy a learning platform to promote fair play, ethics and anti-corruption within esports and gaming.

The International Olympic Committee is the organization behind The Olympic Games. The company describes itself as the guardian of the Olympic Games and the leader of the Olympic Movement. The organization prides itself as the catalyst for collaboration between Olympic nations, stakeholders, athletes, and others besides.

The OM Unit PMC is the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, an internal IOC unit that supports International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), multi-sports event organizers and other sports organizations in their efforts to protect the integrity of their sports and competitions

Michael Hassall

Since: January 31, 2024

Michael has worked in the esports industry for five years after a brief career in marketing. A professional writer for almost a decade, and a lifelong gamer, writing about esports is his one true passion, when he’s not glued to a screen playing the games he writes about.

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