MPL partners with SHIELD to prevent fraud in esports

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Unicorn gaming and esports startup Mobile Premier League (MPL) today announced a partnership with SHIELD, the global risk intelligence company, to offer the highest level of Fairplay and safety to their users. As the leader in fraud prevention, SHIELD is helping online businesses build trust with over 350 million of India’s 750 million smartphone users. In January, MPL became the first company to be certified as AIGF charter compliant in an audit by AIGF and Arthur D. Little.

With SHIELD’s real-time risk intelligence, fraudulent gamers will be immediately blocked from the platform, allowing genuine gamers to join tournaments with confidence, said a press release. “Moreover, this collaboration will also inform Mobile Premier League’s gamer retention strategies.”

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“At MPL, providing the highest degree of protection against fraud and cheating is our topmost priority. We are focused on offering the users a safe and secure gameplay experience on the platform. In order to deliver this consistently, we are committed to using best in class technology, and our partnership with SHIELD has enabled us to continue to take this forward,” said Ruchir Patwa, VP of Security and Compliance.

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“As threats continue to evolve, it has become imperative for businesses to treat risk intelligence as critical infrastructure. It’s a pleasure to be working with MPL who shares the same philosophy as us – stopping fraud and building trust with users – so they can focus on driving growth,” added Deepak Kumar, VP of Engineering of SHIELD.

The mobile gaming market in India is projected to hit a $5 billion opportunity by 2025 from the current $1.5 billion, according to a recent Sequoia India and Boston Consulting Group report.  According to the Indian constitution, online gaming is a state subject.  A few weeks back, the Rajasthan government released a draft bill on online gaming regulation limiting the scope to fantasy and esports creating a furore in the industry.  On Saturday, the ESports Federation objected to the draft Rajasthan Bill that clubs pure skill games like esports which are recognised by Olympic Association with fantasy games.