The GLMS saw a rise in suspicious betting alerts for esports betting, while Europe remained the source of most alerts.
Switzerland.- The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has released its Q1 report, recording 323 suspicious betting alerts for the quarter.
The majority of suspicious betting alerts came from Europe, which saw 160 alerts, 94 of which involved football and 30 basketball.
There were 66 suspicious betting alerts in Asia and 58 in South America. The numbers of alerts were much lower for North America, Africa and Oceania, at 14, eight and seven respectively. Ten alerts were categorised as international.
Suspicious esports betting in Asia
While Europe remained the territory that generated most suspicious betting alerts, Asia saw the highest number of alerts involving esports betting.
Of the 66 alerts in Asia, 24 were connected to esports betting – the same number as football. There were 17 suspicious betting alerts over betting on basketball in Asia.
Internationally, there were 40 suspicious betting alerts related to esports betting in the quarter.
Football continues to account for most suspicious betting alerts
Football remains the source of most suspicious betting alerts overall, accounting for 196 alerts internationally in Q1. Basketball accounted for 56 alerts internationally and ice hockey 15. Volleyball and handball generated one alert each.
The GLMS said that 188 of the 323 alerts were classified as “green alerts” – the least serious level of alert which involves issues such as team news, wrong starting prices, member information and issues such as one person or entity owning both a sports club and its sponsor.
There were 67 yellow alerts, covering suspicious odds changes, tournament structures and rumours of match-fixing. There were only 13 more serious red alerts which include warnings of match-fixing from named sources, unexplainable odds changes, Betfair volume and tournament structure.
GLMS reported a 41 per cent increase in suspicious betting alerts in 2020
The GLMS statistics differ from those reported by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) due to the latter’s inclusion of betting alerts from tennis reported by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), which accounted for 98 alerts out of the 270 cases recorded by the IBIA in its last report.