Sportradar: esports comes second in match fixing frequency among all sports disciplines

Sportradar, the world's leader in sports analytics, has published the results of its 2021 match fixing report, which shows that esports comes second after soccer in terms of the frequency of matches that experts have identified as suspicious.

In total, analysts recorded 47 suspicious matches in esports in 2021, which is 0.26% of the total number of all the events monitored. In turn, soccer had 694 suspicious matches (0.5% of the total).

The biggest number of suspicious esports matches took place in the European region – 57%. Asia accounts for 19%, North America – 17%, Oceania – 4%, South America – 3%.

CS:GO, Dota 2 and sports simulators are the leaders in terms of the number of possible fixed matches among esports disciplines. Analysts note that the lion's share of events that have been flagged as suspicious occur in low-level competitions.

Sportradar reports that 2021 saw the highest match-fixing frequency in the history of the company. At the same time, experts stepped up their assistance in the fight against fraud in sports by initiating 65 sanctions: 46 sporting sanctions, 15 criminal sanctions, and 4 combined sanctions.