The eSports Integrity Commission was founded in 2016 in order to help regulate and take responsibility for any possible disruption prevention investigation, as well as to prosecute those to be found cheating in eSports games of any form.
This includes things such as match manipulation, as well as doping.
ESIC’s aim is to be recognized as a form of guardian for the eSports community and its integrity and to fight against any form of corruption that may occur in the industry itself.
This is why the ESIC holds their very own Code of Ethics, which is what they lay out as the rules. This is your guide to this Code of Ethics, and what they mean.
The ESIC’s code of ethics begins with an introductory section that outlines why the code of ethics exists, and how it applies to the people both within and outside of the ESIC (see also ‘Everything You Need To Know About The ESIC Disciplinary Panel‘) .
As a closing statement to the ESIC’s introduction, it reminds the reader that the ESIC code of ethics is the minimum standard set out for the eSports industry and that falling below these standards will ultimately lead to a lack of integrity in eSports itself.
Ultimately, the introduction doesn’t contain much information to discuss in greater detail and is there just to preface the main content of the code.
The ESIC’s code of ethics only has one general statement, which discusses how each director of the ESIC should act, and that their actions should represent the integrity that the ESIC look to preserve so that the ESIC’s operations should remain as transparent as possible in order for those that the ESIC regulates to have full belief and trust in them.
This section outlines what is to be expected of the directors of the ESIC and how they are expected to carry out their duties.
Further stating that each director should carry out their role in good faith, and with the interests of the ESIC and eSports at the forefront of everything they do.
In addition to this, directors of the ESIC should only apply the assets and services of the ESIC are applicable only in the furtherance and in accordance with the objectives set out by the ESIC.
Conflicts Of Interest
The ESIC states that all of their directors must be free of any influence that could possibly interfere or sway with the proper way of exercising their duties as director, or which might compromise their loyalty to the ESIC.
They also shouldn’t use their position as a director in an abusive manner or for their own personal gain.
ESIC members are not able to appoint a director and doing so will mean that there is a conflict of interest, with the procedures in the next clause coming into effect should this occur.
Some of the circumstances that may be considered to be a conflict of interest include:
- Personal or direct involvement to any teams, players, sponsors, or supplies whether this is direct or indirect, which are subject to an investigation by the ESIC.
- Any form of employment that might impact a director’s duties or performance.
- If there is a conflict of interest, they should be disclosed to the integrity commissioner, who will then submit this for review, whilst the director is unable to be involved in any discussion related to the conflict of interest, and abstain from any voting on the matter.
This section states that directors are not to disclose any information, whether it is data, facts, or information, that has been trusted to them in full confidence as a result of their position as director in the ESIC.
If this information is to be disclosed, it is not to be for personal gain, nor should it be done to damage the reputation of the people involved.
This duty of confidentiality is to remain until any information reaches the public domain, or unless the director has been asked to disclose this information by law.
To the ESIC, a director receiving any form of gift, whether this be an individual gift, additional benefits, or an advantage, as a result of their position as director, is seen to be an attempt to influence the director’s judgement, which means that the gift should be declared to the integrity commissioner should the director receive one,
Directors are forbidden from receiving any form of cash payment as a gift.
If the gift received by the director is considered to be less than $500, then they don’t have to be disclosed, but any more than this amount and they should be declared immediately and not doing so is a breach of the code.
Betting, Gambling, And Gaming
No director of the ESIC is to bet on any eSports matches, and as a participant they will be held to the Anti-Corruption code (see also ‘What Is The ESIC Anti-Corruption Code?‘).
If a director is a member/employee of a licensed betting company, they are exempt from the section of the code that prevents the offering or facilitation of bets.
This section is an explanation of how the ESIC’s code of ethics are to be enforced.
Expectations for the Directors are high, and they should make good judgements and aim to protect the integrity and reputation of the ESIC and of eSports as a whole.
Violations might mean that directors then have to face either civil or criminal liability, which can lead to a damage in reputation, as well as an inability to carry out their duties.
Violation of the code of ethics will result in an investigation, and disciplinary measures, which could lead to the removal of a director.
Directors not only have to abide by the code, but should also report any violations of the code also.