With the aim of minimising the risk of gambling on events with a majority of under-age participants, GameScorekeeper has created a new age verification system.
Launching the system, GameScorekeeper highlighted a number of esports athletes that are under-18. The esports betting supplier emphasised that more betting operators need to comply with regulations concerning the age of professional gamers.
Felix Klastrup, founder and CEO of GameScorekeeper, commented: “In football, it’s relatively easy to pinpoint most under-18 teams. But in esports, many teams field a mix of under-18 and 18+ athletes which has made our clients increasingly interested in a service that makes the athletes’ age transparent and actionable.
“We have developed a new service that covers more than 95 percent of all CS:GO teams and their age majorities. Any operator can use the service to manually or automatically suspend bets with teams with a majority of players under 18.
“The betting industry will go a long way to ensure compliance and with this service it’s relatively easy for them.”
During the system’s launch, the firm cited examples such as 16-year-old Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle Giersdorf, and 17-year-old League of Legends World Championship winner Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo to highlight the importance of age verification..
GameScorekeeper has already confirmed that Betway will use the service for all of its eligible markets. Adam Savinson, Head of Esports at Betway Group, added: “We are committed to providing the widest selection of markets on esports while at the same time ensuring all bets live up to our strict responsible policies and comply with regulation on athletes’ age. The Player Age Service from GameScorekeeper ensures that we can maintain this efficiently.”
Esports has become a major focus in the betting industry after various sporting organisations have had to be suspended over the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in the betting industry placing more of an emphasis on how to uphold integrity whilst betting on esports competitions.