ESports betting is exponentially growing in popularity. And it’s because of this that the gambling industry experiences a massive change. Never before has there been these many people tuning in to their computer screens, screaming the name of the gamers playing their favorite video games.
You’ll surely laugh at this if you’d hear this back in the 90s or even at the start of the millennium. So what’s with eSports betting? That’s what we’re going to talk about here. We’ll also guide you along the way so that you’ll not end up lost in the amazing world of eSports.
Knowing More About eSports
eSports is a video game that’s played by an individual gamer or a team of players. These are played over the internet. It’s because of this that it has become more competitive compared to offline games.
But what makes this online video game become globally phenomenal is due to the sponsorship of big companies. It also has a clearly laid out tournament structure. This makes the competition organized and facilitated by a central governing structure.
This led eSports tournaments to attract the best players in the world, where most of these players come from Asia, especially South Korea. These players are now called professional gamers. They even earn as much as average office employees or even more.
Dota 2’s The International yearly tournament is also proof of how big eSports has become. Take note that this year’s tournament had a pool prize of more than $20 million.
Betting on eSports
Betting on a team or player for a video game might sound funny to most people, especially to the older ones. But the times have changed and this is now considered as a serious sport. It’s fully regulated and is internationally recognized as the future of online gambling.
One report states that there are more than 200 million who are into playing eSports in the last year. And with this, it’s easy to say that these players are most likely to transition into betters or even ultimately as betting facilitators. Because of this, there are now a lot of reputable online bookmakers that are now offering eSports bets along traditional sports bets.
Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, and Freebets are just some of the bookmakers who are now offering eSports odds. As of now, Dota 2 and CS: GO remain as the top eSports games where people like to bet on. Take for example the recently held Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 (DPL2).
The odds that Eclipse had on their Nov. 2 game against Team Waooo is a clear sign that the latter is the outright favorite with its strong 1.04 odds. Meanwhile, eSports betting offers from UK bookmakers give Waooo 10.0 odds.
Then there was VG.Potential’s 1.20 favorite odds contrary to Braveheart’s 4.33 odds. The tightest matchup in the Dota 2 tournament is between For the Dream and Rock Gaming, as the former had 1.44 while the latter got 2.62 odds.
With all of these being said, you can clearly see how serious eSports gaming really is. The given betting odds are proof of how passionate people really are into these video games. They aren’t anymore even called as such because they’ve grown into something bigger and more widely accepted — eSports.
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