Over the last decade or so, the world has seen a massive growth in the phenomenon of competitive video gaming. Esports is now among the richest of all sports, with multi-million dollar prizes on offer for successful teams. Sporting entrepreneurs like Alsher Usmanov have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into esports teams.
Given the growth of esports in recent years, it is not surprising that the appetite for betting on video games has also grown. Here, we’ll take a look at five of the most popular esports games for betting.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the more popular esports games, with many of the world’s most famous teams competing in CSGO competitions. There are a number of ways that you can bet on this game. You can bet on ‘outright’ markets on the winners of tournaments.
It is also possible to bet on the outcomes of matches. There are even in-play betting options available now, where you can place bets on events and outcomes during a match, such as which team will win the next map, or which player will record most kills on a map.
Like CSGO, Defense of the Ancients 2, usually referred to as DOTA2, is an enormously popular esports betting games. Tournaments like the Autumn Brawl are popular with esports fans and bettors alike. The betting options for DOTA 2 are also varied. Handicap betting on DOTA2 is popular, and you can also place bets on map winners, and the first team to reach a certain number of kills.
League of Legends:
League of Legends betting markets are very similar to those avialable for CSGO. As well as betting on tournament and match winners, you can also place bets on the odds for the first team to reach 10 kills, which team will destroy the first tower, and which team will be the first to slay a dragon. Another intriguing type of bet for League of Legends fans is to wager on what type the first elemental dragon will be. The possibilities here are ocean, cloud infernal or dragon.
Starcraft 2 offers slightly different betting experience to the other games in this list. Starcraft 2 is a real-time strategy game, rather than being based on teams going into combat with each other. This is a game where individuals rather than teams compete with each other, so betting on it is more akin to betting on solo sports like tennis or golf. You need to be able to assess the skills of individuals by studying their form, rather than following teams.
Rocket league is an imaginative game which combines racing vehicles with soccer. As with conventional soccer, you can bet on match outcomes, and events within the game. Also like real soccer, you need to be aware of how teams use different tactics, and the different attributes of team members, if you want to bet successfully on this game.
Want to learn more about eSports betting? Then we got the perfect platform – eBetFinder offer guides for more than 20 eSport betting games and have all the information you need about placing bets on video games.
Esports betting offers as many challenges and thrills as betting on other types of sport. One particularly good bookie for esports wagering is Betway. They have a page on their website devoted to esports wagering, and you can find more markets on offer there than at many other bookies. Other bookies also offer esports betting, but many have been slow to catch on, too.
As with all types of betting, you need to make careful choices before you commit to opening an account. Always check out the range of esports games covered by a bookie before you open an account. Always remember that the more you know about esport games, the better your chances of placing winning wagers!
Jonas “O.J” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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