In total, tennis accounted for 33 cases, while esports was responsible for 16, football 13 and table tennis 10. Combined, these four sports were responsible for 95% of all Q3 alerts.
However, they are down overall on a sequential basis. The IBIA reported 76 suspicious betting alerts in total for Q3, down from Q2’s 88.
Football has seen a 60% quarter-on-quarter drop, falling from first place to third, though this trend isn’t universal. Tennis, for example, has experienced an over 20% increase while esports alerts have risen fourfold.
“Alerts for the quarter are at the higher end of the scale compared to previous years, but must be viewed against the association’s substantial growth in membership during the year,” said Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO.
“That has served to increase global market coverage and the alerts identified and reported, underlining the beneficial impact of a global multi-operator betting integrity network.”
Meanwhile, little has changed from a geographical perspective. Europe still accounts for approximately half (49%) of all alerts, followed by Asia at 11%. However, Africa has overtaken North America, accounting for 9% of all suspicious betting alerts in Q3.
The overall spread of alerts did contract; alerts were reported in 29 countries during Q3, down from 36 for Q2.
Ali continued: “IBIA continues to work closely with its members and external stakeholders, such as sports and regulators, to ensure that suitable risk management processes are implemented and encourages a zero-tolerance approach to the manipulation of sporting events and associated betting fraud.”