Integrity Matters…BetStars joins ESSA membership body

Khalid Ali

International betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands.

Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity concerns c0-sharing information and intelligence, helping the distribution of vital information to relevant regulators and sporting authorities to take any action oif deemed necessary.

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association. Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.”

Zeno Osskó, Managing Director of BetStars, said: “BetStars is committed to keeping online betting fun and safe for our customers. The move to join ESSA underlines that approach and our determination to identify and tackle those that seek to manipulate sporting events against fellow consumers and responsible operators. We look forward to engaging closely with our partners within ESSA to maintain the integrity of sportsbook markets.”

ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. player education programme with EU Athletes (see

ESSA current programs include player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international project, entitled “Keep Crime out of Sport”, led by the Council of Europe (see here); both receive funding from the European Commission.

ESSA has recently released its Q4 and 2016 overview integrity report, available here.

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