Betstars joins the ESSA membership body

23 Feb 2017

Betstars EssaIt is all about integrity for Betstars - Essa, who tries to rise up through all the legitimate ways. Their most recent successful try was that they were added to the International betting integrity body ESSA. After the inclusion of BetStars, ESSA’s current membership has reached the 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands. Betstars will help ESSA fight the match fixing problem, while Amaya’s betting subsidiary will also help at the distribution of vital information to relevant regulators and sporting authorities to take any action if deemed necessary.

Khalid Ali, who is the Secretary General of ESSA, commented on the Betstars’ addition: «BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association. Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.».

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