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Overwatch League & Call of Duty League in patnership with Sportradar

Overwatch League & Call of Duty League in patnership with Sportradar
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A new partner has been announced for the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League. This time the focus is on betting activities through Sportradar.

Overwatch League & Call of Duty League in patnership with Sportradar

It's a new collaboration for the Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League. Activision Blizzard has announced its association with Sportradar, a Swiss company that will handle integrity in sports betting. The official press release provides details of this collaboration.

Overwatch League and Call of Duty League betting will now be protected by Sportradar, the world market leader in integrity services in traditional sports and esports. This will prevent any corruption related to betting.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sportradar will monitor global betting activities related to the OWL and CDL both in the U.S. and internationally, and report any potential integrity issues to Activision-Blizzard to help save the integrity of the competitions.

Sportradar will also provide both leagues with access to its specialized intelligence and investigative services unit when necessary. In addition, the company will contribute to the education of players on betting risks and betting integrity rules. It will also develop an application allowing players to anonymously report suspected integrity problems. The company already supports more than 90 of the largest U.S. and international sports and athletic organizations, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, FIFA and the Australian Open.

As our esports activities continue to grow and as fans increasingly engage with wagering on matches, we need to ensure we are doing as much as we can to proactively protect our ecosystem. Working with Sportradar, an industry leader, is important in protecting our players, teams and matches and giving fans the best experience they deserve. We look forward to establishing this relationship with Sportradar and continued expansion of our work together.
Jason Hahn, Strategic Initiatives at Activision Blizzard Esports (Source)

Sportradar will monitor betting data to identify potential problems such as match fixing, abuse of confidential information and other illegal and unethical betting and gaming activities. The goal is to preserve the integrity of all Overwatch League and Call of Duty League competitions.

The company's fraud detection system monitors the odds of more than 600 betting operators worldwide and uses proprietary algorithms to identify abnormal activity. If anomalies and potential integrity issues are reported, the Sportradar team alerts the relevant league in real time and assists with the resulting investigations.

As our esports activities continue to grow and as fans increasingly engage with wagering on matches, we need to ensure we are doing as much as we can to proactively protect our ecosystem. Working with Sportradar, an industry leader, is important in protecting our players, teams and matches and giving fans the best experience they deserve. We look forward to establishing this relationship with Sportradar and continued expansion of our work together.
Andy Cunningham, Strategic Initiatives at Activision Blizzard Esports

Original content by Jean-Vincent "Durvil" Cannata.

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