Betting, Match-fixing, and Doping: Esports Regulations to Watch for in 2018
By Bob Garcia
Esports is growing and along with it increases the potential for corruption of all kinds. With more money and more major investors involved this year than ever before, expect this to be a year that esports regulations begin to reign in these issues. Here are the top three regulations to watch for in 2018.
Regulated sports betting is getting a lot of political attention this year, but what about regulated esports betting? A new wave of legal sports betting markets across the United States is a genuine possibility this year, pending the Supreme Court decision on New Jersey’s sports betting case.
It is important to note that sportsbooks states which are ready and waiting with sports betting legislation may not automatically be able to accept wagers on esports. In the same way that Nevada had to establish regulations specific to esports, each state may need to address the industry independently in their regulatory framework.
Fans of traditional sports might assume that match-fixing is easy to sleuth out in electronic sports, but they would be wrong. It is currently the most complicated issue tournament organizers face, and there is no simple solution. Players have been banned, and at least one player has been arrested for it, but so far there is no universal match-fixing regulation in the industry.
Like any other athletic endeavor, performance-enhancing drugs are an issue in esports. Adderall, Ritalin, and other substances used to boost concentration and reflexes can give players an unfair advantage. Anti-doping regulations are incredibly complicated due to legal discrepancies between countries.