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FBI To Launch Unit To Combat Esports Corruption

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently announced plans to launch a unit to help combat cheating and corruption in the world of esports. This news comes after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) said it would begin working with the FBI to bring an end to match-fixing in esports.

According to The Washington Post, the unit was formed as part of an effort to promote the new Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act. This law aims to uphold the integrity of traditional sports. It is being reported that esports will fall under the umbrella of traditional sports.

The new FBI unit will be headed up by Joseph Gillespie. Furthermore, it is being reported he will play a key role in the organization’s new Sport and Gaming Initiative.

Cheating in the gaming community has been a reoccurring issue. In fact, the Esports Entertainment Association League (ESEA) banned five CS:GO players from competitive play in April due to reports of match-fixing.

The Profit‘s Take:

It doesn’t seem like this is completely necessary. Between the legal framework established in traditional sports and the entertainment industry, I feel like we have enough coverage to ensure minimal corruption. With that being said, I don’t think cheating will be acknowledged as a big issue until we start to see it affecting the money being made.

(All information was provided by Esports Talk [1,2] and Legal Sports Report)

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