The newly announced panel will be led by Sports Integrity expert, Iain Roy, and Gambling Law specialist, Julian Hoskins.
As is prevalent in traditional sports, gambling operators are actively running markets on esports leagues and events. This has raised concerns for stakeholders and EGAA members around integrity. A number of global leagues and tournaments have already begun working through these concerns, and have begun rolling out sophisticated measures to combat any negative impact and address risk to the integrity of their competitions – a move backed by the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).
The EGAA has applauded the work being done by ESIC along with the work currently being lead by their key partner, IGEA, surrounding gambling and esports.
Interim EGAA CEO, Mat Jessep said of the announcement, “We are very pleased to launch the Gambling & Integrity Panel for the benefit of the Australian & New Zealand esports scene, and are happy to have two fantastic legal experts in Julian Hoskins and Iain Roy to lead and assist esports in regards to these critical issues. We welcome all inquiries from members, as well as potential members in esports locally, as well as our friends in Government, to engage with Iain and Julian to help develop the best practice approach to these critical issues, which will shape esports for years to come. Thank you Iain and Julian!”