Luckbox Podcast: ESIC's Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith on forsaken, fairness and much more

We’ve been raising the bar on the Luckbox Podcast over recent weeks, with Virtus.pro Royalty and some of the sharpest minds in CSGO, and today we’re at it again. In the wake of possibly their most important few weeks ever, we caught up with the man at the head of ESIC’s Integrity Coalition, Ian Smith, to talk over all the points you guys want to hear about.

Whether it’s forsaken and Indian CSGO, the future of esports altogether or doping in esports, this is a chat with something for everyone who cares about the scene, and we’re super grateful to Ian for taking the time out of his day to talk to us. We should disclose that Luckbox recently joined ESIC, which is something we’re also very proud of, and encourage more groups looking to do esports right to take the plunge.

Ian is a UK lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in traditional sports, primarily in regulation and governance. While still in private practice, Ian advised clients in football, cricket, rugby, motorsport, golf and other sports, which eventually led him to a full time role with the Professional Cricketers Association in 2004.

For those who know cricket, that will be explanation enough, but for those not in the know that sport has seen a number of high profile scandals over the last two decades, and developed some very robust rules and regulations to deal with the same. That should set both Ian and ESIC up perfectly to help esports move to a more professional and accountable scene, meaning future cases are less likely to occur, and better dealt with when they do.

So, whatever game you love, be it Dota2, CSGO or some other title, there is something for you in this podcast. The month of October showed how important it is for esports to have a strong, fair and reliable system in place to deal with problems along the way, and ESIC are spearheading that movement, which should only be praised.

Tim MastersTim joined Luckbox as an editor in 2018, having previously spent time at GosuGamers, EsportsHeaven and other sites. He currently is not at his desk.