Esports betting is on the rise. In fact, it’s become one of the fastest-growing segments of the betting industry. This growth is being fueled by an increase in people watching esports, as well as bettors’ interest in betting on these events.
There are many reasons why esports betting is popular for gamblers, and plenty of options are available. Here are some great markets to look out for:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS:GO is one of the most popular esports betting markets. The main reason for this is how many different markets are to bet on and how easy it is to get matched up with someone who wants to play.
The match-making system for CS:GO was designed so that players would be paired against others within their skill level. This means that even if you’re a pro player, you won’t have an advantage over your opponents because they’ll also have been assigned your same skill level through the game’s matchmaking system.
As well as making it easy to get matched up with other players who want to play at any given moment, CS:GO also has some of the best odds compared to other esports games like League of Legends or Dota 2. The reason? You’re never out of betting options.
- League Of Legends
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. It was first released in October 2009 and has been followed by several sequels.
The game revolves around three factions — the Brotherhood of Shadow, the Legion of Dawn, and the Sentinels — fighting each other in a world called Runeterra. Every player controls a ‘champion,’ an important character from League lore who can be either a summoner or an artificial intelligence-controlled champion with their skills, abilities, and strengths. The game features multiple modes.
- Dota 2
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game played by two teams of five players. The game’s objective is to destroy your opponent’s base or main building while protecting your own. Matches can last up to an hour and are played in four popular game modes: All Pick, Single and Random Draft, Captains Mode, and Least Played. These peculiarities make Dota different from League of Legends. Players get to play with each other on servers that are segmented by geographical location. Dota 2 is one of the most sought-after esports in this day.
Fortnite is a battle royale game that has become one of the most popular games in recent history. The game has amassed millions of players, with some even speculating that it’s more popular than Fortnite itself.
The premise is simple: you join 100 other players on an island, where you’ll battle to be the last man standing. To kill your opponents, you need to find weapons and ammunition scattered around the map by opening chests or looting them from your victims. If you die, it’s game over for good. But if you manage to survive until the end without getting killed yourself, congratulations.
Fortnite is played online via platforms such as Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. This means access isn’t restricted based on age or location (assuming all parties have an internet connection).
- StarCraft II
StarCraft II is the sequel to StarCraft: Brood War—the original real-time strategy game that came out in 1998. Released in 2010, StarCraft II is a popular esports title and has been played professionally for years.
StarCraft II tournaments are played online and offline, with some being more prestigious than others. There are professional leagues as well as regional competitions held around the world.
- Call Of Duty
Call of Duty is a popular first-person shooter video game franchise. The first installment in the series was released in 2003, with the latest released on November 5, 2021. Since its release, Call of Duty has become one of the most popular esports franchises and games.
As far as esports betting goes, Call of Duty is right up there with CS:GO or Dota 2 when it comes to popularity in this industry. This game has been around for so long now that numerous markets are available for you to bet on.
Esports betting has come a long, long way over the last decade. With an ever-increasing number of tournaments and games, it’s easier than ever to get involved in this exciting new world. The six games above are favorites. There are much more worth looking into if you want to start betting on esports. But whichever game you choose, make sure you do your research before placing your bets.
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