Sportradar has entered into an agreement with the Swedish Gambling Inspectorate, Spelinspektionen, which will see the regulator enlist Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS).
The partnership – the duration of which has not been specified – revolves specifically around the prevention, detection and investigation of match-fixing.
Using its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), Sportradar will monitor “certain sports” from a betting perspective and subsequently notify the Inspectorate if any match-fixing occurrences are suspected.
Launched in February 2021 as an extension of SIS’ Fraud Detection System (FDS), UFDS detected a total of 903 cases of suspicious matches across global sports last year.
This was the highest in Sportradar’s 17-year history of bet monitoring and integrity operations, with football ranking as the sport with the highest number of suspicious matches – one in every 201 fixtures was cited for concern – followed by basketball.
In addition to leveraging UDFS, the Inspectorate will also be able to purchase risk assessments from Sportradar as a result of the agreement, which function as reports assessing the degree of risk of manipulation in a specific sport.
“Through the information we will receive via Sportradar, we increase our knowledge of match fixing that we can use in, among other things, our regulatory work,” said Daniel Frisö-Grön, Investigator at the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate.
“It also gives us opportunities to expand the exchange of information with Sports and the Police within the framework of our collaboration against match-fixing.”
The partnership with Sweden’s Spelinspektionen is Sportradar’s first major integrity deal of 2022 with a betting and gaming regulator, although several agreements have been clinched with sporting bodies.
So far this year, the NYSE-listed, Switzerland-based sports data and technology company has partnered with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Germany’s Handball-Bundesliga, the US’ Athletes Unlimited and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).