Sports data and AI technology provider Stats Perform on Monday said it has been independently audited by eCogra and renewed its accreditation to the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) Data Standards for the collection and distribution of sports event data for betting.
Stats Perform noted it was the first sports data business to be awarded the accreditation in early 2021.
The IBIA launched the Data Standards so betting data providers would be independently audited for the first time. Stats Perform was the initial company to come out in support of the Data Standards.
The parties said they have recognized for a long time that high-integrity sports data collection plays a critical role in protecting sports and betting markets against corruption. The Data Standards accreditation is a recognition of this and provides the highest mark of betting data quality and integrity available in the industry.
Company officials said in a statement the renewal highlights Stats Perform’s “unwavering commitment to the integrity and quality of its data,” which is used by betting operators around the world and helps ensure the accuracy and veracity of sports competitions and the betting markets that cover them.
“Stats Perform’s dedication to being the leading supplier of both high-integrity and high-quality sports data is recognized by its clients,” the company said. “Being able to display the standards badge over the past 12 months and now into a second year means Stats Perform’s customers have independent assurance and further sets the business apart in what is becoming a more crowded marketplace.”
Andrew Ashenden, Chief Betting Officer at Stats Perform, added: “Having been a consistent advocate for the highest standards of integrity and quality in sports data, Stats Perform was proud to become the first company to champion and receive the accreditation. To successfully renew the accreditation is testament to the ongoing quality and integrity efforts of our sports data operations teams. Stats Perform’s Betting and Opta sports data is chosen by the world’s leading rights holders, sportsbooks and pricing providers to power exceptional in-play betting experiences for millions of global sports bettors.”
Khalid Ali, CEO, IBIA, said: “Stats Perform’s successful renewal of the Data Standards accreditation demonstrates the importance of the requirements, and the value betting data providers see in them. This is reflected in the outlook of the IBIA’s membership, which views the Data Standards protocols as an essential initiative and one which has a positive impact on the sports betting environment.”
Aside from the Data Standards, Stats Perform is the longest standing Associate Member of the IBIA. The company has begun to provide services capitalizing on the expertise and tools of its Integrity division. This includes the provision of its Intelligence Insights & Alerts service as well as delivery of a pre-match risk assessment program in soccer.
Jake Marsh, Global Head of Integrity at Stats Perform, explained: “Stats Perform has consistently been dedicated to having a positive influence and impact on the sport integrity ecosystem and its support of the Data Standards accreditation is a key component. In addition to raising standards around data supply, we are proud to be working closely with the IBIA and its members on complimentary projects in intelligence and risk assessment to deepen our commitment to the betting industry and the protection of sport.”