The deal also covers integrity for PvPRO matches.
PvPRO + Sportradar
The agreement “focuses in on audiovisual streaming rights for the global betting market, plus data distribution rights for the betting as well as non-betting ecosystems,” according to a press release from the companies.
To protect all PvPRO’s competitions, Sportradar’s Integrity Services will monitor betting patterns from all relevant bookmakers and operators around the world in order to identify suspicious betting activity. (Sportradar is one of the founding members of the Esports Integrity Coalition, or ESIC.)
The deal also includes the use of Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, to ensure there is no betting-related manipulation occurring on PvRO competitions.
Esports betting remains a part of the equation
As the esports industry as a whole grows, so too does the esports betting marketplace. Official partnerships in the data acquisition and provision markets have the potential to provide fans and bettors alike with more and better information around the world’s biggest competitions.
In announcing the move, PvPRO also emphasized its concern with integrity and the proper use of data provided. Attention was drawn to Sportradar’s link to the ESIC, which has partnered with betting regulators across Europe. It recently made waves with its recommendations for suspensions for match-fixing and cheating offenses.
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PvPRO launching global tour
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the partnership in action. PvPRO will implement Sportradar’s services throughout the Electronic Sports Global Tour, beginning Thursday at ESG Tour Mykonos in Greece.
PvPRO CEO Stamos Venios gave a statement expressing optimism on the partnership:
“To really kick off the tour in style and with a statement of professional intent, we also wanted to bring on board the number one specialists in esports data, betting streams and integrity. Securing Sportradar’s support and expertise was really important to the credibility and distribution of the Tour and as we start this journey, we could not be happier to have Sportradar at our side.”
ESG Tour Mykonos will feature eight of the world’s best CS:GO teams squaring off, including SK Gaming, Virtus Pro, Team Liquid, and defending champion Gambit Esports.
It will be the second tournament for Gambit since the team parted ways with captain Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko. The first, DreamHack Masters Malmo, resulted in a top-four finish. Gambit enters as likely favorites along with Brazil’s SK Gaming, and the two teams are likely to cross paths early after drawing into the same group.