The eSports market has become a world sensation over the recent years. Sportsbooks and Aussie gamblers now allow people to bet on eSports. In 2017, the market was estimated to be worth about AU$2 billion. At the same time, the eSports betting market was expected to grow to about AU$40 billion in 2020.
What are eSports?
ESports is short for ‘electronic sports’. The term refers to competitively playing video games. The games can be played on gaming PCs or consoles. ESports brings gamers from all over the world together in completions. These gamers battle it out, trying to win first place.
There are a number of different eSports competitions because there are so many types of video games. You will be able to bet on strategy games, first person shooters, racing games and sports games. Following the tournaments is easy because all competition will live stream the games. The live stream of the events can be watched on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Some of the biggest competitions had about 100 million viewers worldwide.
Prizes for eSports competitions increased dramatically due to some big sponsors. In 2017, in Seattle, one completion that was held there had a prize pool of about AU$28 million.
Popular eSports Games
This game is also called or Defence of the Ancients and is one of the biggest eSports games worldwide. Players must control a hero character, working together with their team to win the game.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
This is a first-person shooter, pitting 2 teams against each other as they try to eliminate the opposing players. The game has been around since the late 90s and is a series game, with 3 games so far.
League of Legends
League of Legends has around 90 million viewers at times. Players must control a hero character while trying to defeat the enemy team.
This is a real-time strategy game, making it a slower paced title.
There are also many other games that have competitive scenes. These include Battlefield, Fifa, Overwatch, Street Fighter, Call of Duty, Halo, Rocket League and World of Tanks.
Getting started on eSports Betting
First, sign up with an online sportsbook. Shop around for one that is trustworthy, has good promotional offers, pays out and offers very good odds. Once you’ve signed up, start placing your wagers. Sportsbooks always provide gamblers with a list of upcoming events. Select the event you want to bet on, see the odds of each competitor and place you wager.
Mobile eSports Betting
Most online sportsbooks allow players to place bets on their mobile devices. This means that it does not matter where you are. As long as your phone or tab is connected to the Internet, you are able to place bets on upcoming eSports games. In addition, Twitch and YouTube can be watched on your mobile device. This means you can keep track of what’s happening on the go. However, take note of your mobile data charges as they can build up quickly when streaming video.