The Esports Integrity Council (ESIC) has announced the launch of a new ‘transparency initiative’ to aid the operations of its integrity unit.

Informing stakeholders and the general public of its regulatory proceedings and outcomes, the organisation, detailing that a new framework was required to provide updates to the public on ongoing integrity investigation.

ESIC’s integrity unit concurrently conducts between 15-to-30 investigations at any one time – notably banning 35 Australian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players in January 2021 – although previous cases had been limited due to lack of resources.

Moving forward, ESIC has formulated a new transparency framework catering for all investigative queries, that will be supported by the council maintaining four registries providing disclosed information to the public.

The four registries will provide specific information related to public matters, sanctions, investigative appeals and formal conclusions issued and made by ESIC. It forms part of an 18-month project which aims to be completed and made available by November 2021.

“ESIC is presently in the process of expanding its resourcing capabilities in order to allow it to scale beyond the limitations previously, and currently, inhibiting full scalability,” ESIC concluded.

“ESIC is aware that the growing public interest in its activities and demand for information to be made available is something that it needs to resolve.

“It is important that ESIC provide a reliable and proportionate level of insight into the activities it undertakes to bolster public confidence in the integrity of esports and of ESIC as its guardian.”

ESIC has devoted considerable time and effort into forging integrity-based partnerships this year, naming Oddin an esports anti-corruption supporter in April and adding esports betting operator Ultimate Tournament eSportsbook to this portfolio in July.

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