eSports is perhaps one of the less well-known sports that you’re able to bet on. The idea of betting on someone who’s playing a video-game is something that is lost on many – which opens the door for savvy bettors to take advantage of a less-populated market. This sport, and in tandem the betting aspect of the sport, is growing at an exceptional rate.
Unsurprisingly, betting on these events draws the ire of many younger people due to the popularity of social media influencers and content creators who promote their chosen eSport game. From the League of Legends World Championship, to the Evolution Championship Series, there are plenty of eSports betting types available.
In most cases, eSports odds are based around the standard moneyline system for choosing an outright winner. eSports games tend to take place in teams, so it’s normal for bettors to see it displayed this way.
The emergence and sheer popularity of games such as FIFA, NBA 2k, and Fortnite has seen the professional scene for these games (and many more) reach new heights in recent years.
To put some context on just how hard publishers are pushing their games in the competitive scene, Epic Games, who produced Fortnite, put aside a total prize pot of $100m (£74m) for competitions for the first full year of the professional scene.
All this money and coverage has, of course, lent itself to a growing betting market and produced some great options to take advantage of a consumer market that is far from its full potential.
Most reputable betting sites now have a dedicated ‘eSports’ section. Bet365 currently offer odds on a staggering amount of games, with a large portion of these being focused around League of Legends – which was, arguably, the game that bought competitive gaming to the forefront of the media. On this eSport, you can bet on the first team to reach a certain amount of kills, or how many ‘maps’ they will win, among many others.