The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has reported 42 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the first quarter of 2022, with only five of those alerts coming from the Americas.
Q1’s figures were a 39% drop in alerts when compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2021: 69 alerts) and a similar decrease year-over-year (Q1 2021: 64 alerts).
Geographically, Europe had the most alerts during Q1 with 23, followed by Asia with 10. Africa had two alerts, while Oceania only had one alert. Only five alerts came from the Americas – North America with one, and South America with four.
Per sport, tennis had the most alerts during the quarter with 14, followed by soccer (10), table tennis (10), volleyball (four), pool (three), and esports (one).
Commenting on the alerts during the quarter, Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “Alerts continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, but it is nevertheless welcome that Q1 saw a sizeable fall in suspicious betting, and potential corrupt activity, on IBIA members’ markets.
“That drop is more noticeable given that those alerts come from a substantially widened membership base in the first three months of 2022, with the association set to become the leading integrity provider in the newly opened markets of the Netherlands and Ontario, and pushing across the US states.
“That growth means that IBIA’s leading global integrity network is now significantly above the $137bn in annual betting turnover reported in 2021.”
Earlier this year, the IBIA launched its integrity monitoring service in the US and Canada. Endorsed by FanDuel and DraftKings, the IBIA has already secured licenses in several US states including Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Wyoming, with others pending.