Sportradar and Riot Games Announce Integrity Services Partnership
Sportradar, the global leader in analysing and leveraging the power of sports data, and video game developer and leading esports competition organiser Riot Games, today announced an integrity services partnership.
Under the terms of the deal, Sportradar Integrity Services will monitor the global betting activity taking place with relation to domestic and international League of Legends esports competitions organised by Riot Games and report any potential integrity issues to the company. Sportradar Integrity Services is also providing Riot Games with access, as needed, to its specialised Intelligence and Investigation Services unit, and the companies will work together to review the esports organiser’s in-house integrity policies, procedures, and future educational programs for professional esports competitors.
While Riot Games has long taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its matches, Sportradar Integrity Services will enhance and build upon these measures, using its years of sporting integrity expertise to protect League of Legends competition. Sportradar currently monitors more than 300,000 sporting matches around the world each year, and its services support more than 80 of the most prominent US and international sports bodies, including the NBA, FIFA, MLB, NHL, and the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“Through this partnership, Riot Games is bolstering its capabilities by implementing an effective and innovative integrity program,” said Andy Cunningham, Head of Integrity Services and League Relations, North America at Sportradar. “With legal sports betting expected to grow over the next several years, especially in the U.S., we are encouraged by Riot’s proactivity, as it looks to maintain and further establish its leadership position in the esports space.”
“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.” said Doug Watson, Head of Esports Insights at Riot Games.
“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.”
About League of Legends Esports
League of Legends Esports is a premier global sport that attracts the attention of millions of fans around the world. There are currently over 800 professional players on more than 100 professional LoL Esports teams competing across 13 leagues globally. Each regional league is comprised of approximately 10 teams that compete against one another year-round over the course of two seasonal splits.
Teams earn championship points in order to qualify for the two major international competitions: the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championship, which in 2018 saw 99.6 unique viewers tune into the Finals. Learn more at www.lolesports.com.