EPIC Risk Management announced it has launched a partnership with the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA), the worldwide representative association for professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players, to become their global Gambling Awareness Partner.
As part of the partnership, EPIC Risk Management will be working with the CSPPA and its members, to provide impactful and proven awareness, education and risk management programs in a series of sessions and engagements with the CSPPA members. The first of its kind partnership agreement will also see both parties launch a series of research projects around gambling awareness in competitive esports.
EPIC Risk Management CEO, Paul Buck: “We’re delighted to announce such a landmark agreement. I must applaud the leadership of the CSPPA for taking a lead in esports around the threats of gambling harm, and we are very excited to launch a first of its kind agreement between an esports players association in this space.
“At EPIC, we have a proven track record of working with athletes to make them aware of the potentially destructive financial implications and health issues that out-of-control gambling can cause. The work we do covers harmful products and practices and enables athletes to make well-informed decisions, reducing distraction, in addition to educating them on betting integrity issues and their potential problems that out-of-control gambling can cause. The proliferation of gambling on esports and the growth of this sector shows that there’s a broad demographic of people, which include esports players themselves, their fans, audiences and commercial entities who could be at-risk to problem gambling.
“In our conversations with the CSPPA, we’ve been made aware of the potential issues related to gambling addictions in professional CS:GO. This partnership now means that CSPPA is engaged with EPIC to raise awareness of these issues and help its members with any gambling-related problems along with the convergence between esports gaming and gambling.”
CSPPA CEO, Mads Øland: “The CSPPA understands that elite athletes, including CSPPA Members, are potentially more vulnerable to gambling addiction and betting integrity issues.
“The CSPPA is committed to protecting its members from the potential harms of gambling addiction, which not only harms the individual both financially and with regards to mental health but also exposes and makes players vulnerable to further abuse relating to betting integrity and match-fixing.
“We are delighted to be working with EPIC on a multi-year collaboration as they are recognized as the leading organization globally for gambling awareness and have conducted proven programs across many mainstream traditional sports at an elite level.”
For EPIC, this signifies another step towards minimizing gambling-related harm into the esports and gaming landscape having recently recruited Jonathan Peniket as esports and Online Gaming consultant as part of their wider strategy to deliver sessions in the company’s education and professional sports pillars in the UK, Europe and the USA.