The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has released its Q2 2021 report, which identifies Europe as the continent with the most betting integrity warnings.
Overall, Europe accounted for 47 percent of all recorded alerts, with Asia and South America each accounting for 13 percent, and alerts covering 15 countries. This is a trend that was initially seen in the IBIA’s Q1 report, which revealed that Europe and Asia accounted for 66 percent of all recorded alarms.
However, the 37 instances recorded in Q2 represent a 41 percent decrease from the 64 cases reported in Q1 2021, and a considerable decrease from the 65 cases reported in the same time period in 2020.
In terms of sporting distinctions, football had 16 cases compared to 12 in Q1, whereas table tennis had nine (Q1: 18), tennis had six (Q1: 18), esports had six (Q1: 17), and beach volleyball had one.
Tennis has been identified as having the lowest amount of betting integrity warnings since the IBIA began publishing quarterly data in 2015, despite the fact that the number of football alerts issued in Q2 marks a 33 percent rise.
102 alerts reported by the association
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA said: “The 38 cases in Q2 added to the 64 cases in Q1 brings the mid-year total to 102 alerts reported by the association.
“Football has provided the highest number of alerts during that period with 28, followed by tennis (24) and eSports (23). These three sports comprise nearly 75 percent of all alerts reported in the first half of 2021.”
Optimum Betting Market Report
The news follows the release of the IBIA’s Optimum Betting Market Report, which evaluated 20 jurisdictions across six continents in collaboration with H2 Gaming Capital.
Despite projecting a $25 million annual loss due to match-fixing in the regulated industry, the Optimum research identified no corruption issues in 99.96 percent of markets, with the UK having the greatest regulatory architecture.
Ali added: “IBIA’s expanding membership means that, as set out in the recently published Optimum Betting Market report, it now represents $137 billion in global regulated betting turnover per annum making it the largest customer-based integrity platform in the world with nearly 50 percent of the commercial online market.”