Esports Corruption: Gambling, Doping, and Global Governance

Forthcoming in the Maryland Journal of International Law

25 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2016  

John T. Holden

Florida State University

Ryan M. Rodenberg

Florida State University - College of Education; Florida State University - College of Law

Anastasios Kaburakis

Saint Louis University - John Cook School of Business

Date Written: August 29, 2016

Abstract

The world of esports is fast becoming a mainstream form of competition and entertainment. While there is debate over whether esports should be recognized as a sport, the emergence of competitive video gaming has seen a rise in many of the problems associated with traditional sport including: doping, gambling-related match-fixing and non-gambling related corruption. Indeed, the esports gambling market has quickly surpassed the total legal sports wagering market in the United States, including daily fantasy sports. This paper examines esports growth and the evolving integrity challenges being faced by players, tournament organizers, gamblers, sponsors, politicians, and fans. Esports, like traditional sports, faces both internal and external corruption-related threats. Internal threats facing competitive video gaming include the use of performance-enhancing drugs and match-fixing. The industry also faces external pressure from a large gambling industry that exists in both regulated and unregulated markets. The entire esports ecosystem is now facing increased scrutiny from various governments who have expressed concerns about how to regulate the games, and the vast derivative markets.

Keywords: Esports, gambling, corruption, gaming, doping, global governance, comparative law, match fixing

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K14, K33, K40, K49, L50, L59, L63, L80, L83, L86, L89, O34

Suggested Citation

Holden, John T. and Rodenberg, Ryan M. and Kaburakis, Anastasios, Esports Corruption: Gambling, Doping, and Global Governance (August 29, 2016). Forthcoming in the Maryland Journal of International Law . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2831718

John T. Holden (Contact Author)

Florida State University ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

Ryan M. Rodenberg

Florida State University - College of Education ( email )

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Florida State University - College of Law ( email )

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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://education.fsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/dr-ryan-rodenberg

Anastasios Kaburakis

Saint Louis University - John Cook School of Business ( email )

3674 Lindell Blvd 407
St. Louis, MO 63108-3397
United States

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