Esports Betting


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One of the biggest growth industries in the world of sports betting today is that of esports betting. If you’ve never heard of esports, we’re willing to bet that within a few years, you will.

In this article, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the esports industry. We’ll include how you can bet on it with an ever-increasing number of the highest profile and reputable bookmakers in the industry, as well as a number of specialist esports betting sites that are being formed.

Let’s begin however by examining the most obvious question which is: what exactly is an esport?

The phrase esports stands for ‘electronic sports.’ It basically refers to a type of computer or console game that is played by an individual, or team of players, against other individuals or teams either over the Internet (an online game). It can also take place over a local area network (LAN). This is termed an offline game.

Of course, there are many games nowadays on PC and consoles that facilitate multiple players playing online from around the world, or LAN play. But what marks esports out as different from these games (such as the recently released Star Wars Battlefront) is that these events attract major sponsorship from companies. They also have a clear tournament structure and organisation.

As a result, esports events also tend to attract the best gamers in the world. Many of these are amateur players. However, an increasing number—especially in the Far East in South Korea and China—are professional gamers who earn a living playing in esports tournaments.

There are a number of games that are viewed as esports games. Some of the most commonly played include:

  • StarCraft 2
  • League of Legends
  • Hearthstone
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Defense of the Ancients 2 (commonly shortened to Dota 2)

This list is not exhaustive. There are other esports available, though finding betting on esports not on this list is far more difficult.

As an online medium, esports has grown massively in popularity in recent years, not just with players but with viewers also. Many follow the events in a major tournament via the Twitch live streaming service. It didn’t take bookmakers long to realise that there was a potential for betting markets on this new and evolving phenomenon.

Do people really bet on esports?

At first, to a punter not familiar with esports, the idea of betting on a player or a team in a game on a computer or console sounds somewhat preposterous. However, esports gaming is now a fully regulated and worldwide industry. So really, it’s not as strange as it sounds.

With the growing popularity of esports, it’s a natural progression to go from playing to watching to facilitating bets. It is, after all, what happens with sports all over the world.

In the past two years, the esports betting industry has grown. There is an increasing number of companies offering esports betting. When you consider that 205 million people played esports in the past 12 months, it’s easy to see why people are eager to bet on their favourite games and gamers.

Many of the top online bookmakers are now offering regular esports betting alongside traditional sports offerings.

Can you bet on esports at the major online sportsbooks?

Yes you can. An increasing number of the major sports betting sites offer esports alongside traditional sports betting.

The list of major sportsbook sites that offer esports betting includes: