Sports data and insights provider Sportradar has announced a multi-faceted partnership with ESL, the world’s largest eSports network.
The partnership announced at the 2015 ‘Leaders in Sports’ summit in London, will see Sportrader data team develop a range of products and services to monitor ESL contests.
Sportradar detailed that it had gained exclusive rights to process and distribute real time match data going deep into fantasy-level detail. Furthermore the data provider will offer live scoring delivered to ESL customers across the globe.
ESL contests will now be attached to Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, which monitors 450 betting operators around the world, ensuring ESL will gain the broadest insight into any suspicious betting patterns and behaviours around its competitions.
ESL CEO Ralf Reichert welcomed the partnership;
“With an ever increasing volume of betting on esports competitions, expanding our anti-fraud initiative to also include match fixing, collusion other activities related to illegal, underage and irresponsible betting, was the next logical step in our efforts to preserve and promote integrity across our many competitions. Sportradar as the global leader in sports data was the logical partner for such a cooperation as it is not only the most experienced but also most committed data provider in the industry. We look forward to taking this important and historical step with them to ensure a continued growth of the esports marketplace.”
Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl, backed Reichert’s comments, stating
“We are incredibly excited to form such a trustful and comprehensive partnership with the leaders in this space. They are at the vanguard of this exciting sector. By partnering with us, they have today made a clear statement that they want to be the esports innovator with the most sophisticated, most engaging and most beneficial relationship with their data and those interested in that data. On our part, we will be processing and delivering data in accordance with our industry-leading standards, ensuring that end users get the fastest, most accurate and most engaging data possible. I would also like to underline what Ralf said about integrity”.
“The most exciting sport in the world will struggle without a clear focus and commitment towards integrity. During our negotiations, our FDS was at the front of their minds and it encouraged us. It encouraged us and convinced us that ESL are the right partners for Sportradar to work with. We are embarking on some exciting times, with CS:GO, Dota 2 and other titles all coming online in the next few months and we are proud that ESL chose us as their partners for the future”.