The Varsity Esports Foundation (VEF) has signed up to the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), making a pledge to adhere to the commission’s ethical standards and Anti-Corruption mechanisms.

As a strategic partner, VEF will promote ESIC’s Integrity Programme, which aims to prevent and prosecute all forms of cheating, such as match manipulation and doping in esports competitions.

“We are happy to welcome the Varsity Esports Foundation into ESIC membership,” said Stephen Hanna, ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy. “With the  esports industry rapidly expanding and continuing to attract the interest of young people, it is becoming increasingly vital to develop safeguards and risk management measures to protect the younger demographic.

“The work that the VEF have been doing in ensuring  the safety of young gamers is commendable and we look forward to working with them  to promote high ethical standards and design educational programs that ultimately build a safer, competitive and rewarding environment for all players.”

The VEF provides financial support to schools, helping disenfranchised students to channel their potential through esports and promote the physical and mental benefits the sport can have for young people.

ESIC will collaborate on educational initiatives with the organisation to support VEF’s target demographic.

Executive Director of the Varsity Esports Foundation, Bubba Gaeddart, added: “The VEF is very proud to become a member of the ESIC alongside many other esports  organisations. 

“Being connected to half a million scholastic gamers around the world and since one of our main initiatives is digital citizenship, we want to make sure gamers start at a young age practicing fair play while educating them about corruption and integrity. The ESIC shares our values to unite the industry to fight corruption in any form.”