ESSA 2018 Report

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Feb 15, 2019

Tennis and football remain biggest threat in terms of suspicious betting

International betting integrity body ESSA handled 267 alerts in 2018, 86 percent of which were generated from the tennis (178) and football (52) sports disciplines and mostly from in the European (148) and Asian (48) regions.

Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, said although Tennis and football continue to lead the pack in terms of alerts, new patterns are emerging, particularly an increase in the eSports sector.

“Given the multi-jurisdictional nature of match-fixing, regulators around the world are now beginning to make it a requirement for operators to be part of an international monitoring system, which we fully support.”

The full text of ESSA’s 2018 annual integrity report can be read here.

In related news, Betway’s global head of trading, Jon Russell will become Chair of ESSA, succeeding Heike Mayer.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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