eSports betting service Unikrn has introduced a new competitive integrity certification” program to better address the growing issue of match fixing and other forms of cheating pervading pro gaming events.
Games Industry reports Unikrn's program is meant to build a foundation of best practices to ensure the integrity of eSports. Those practices will range from setting codes of conduct for players to investigating alleged violations.
"As eSports reaches a tipping point of mainstream acceptance, the legitimacy of match results is more paramount than ever," Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said.
"Advertisers, investors and fans depend on it, and that is why we're launching a collaborative system to ensure competitive integrity and anti-cheating across all major competitions. The key here is getting all key stakeholders to the table, engaging in proactive discussions to set industry standards."
Unikrn's initial partner in the program is online tournament host FaceIt. The company states it is in discussions with additional eSports partners – including various leagues, publishers, players and coaches.