The Best eSports Games Worth Wagering On
The eSports industry is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the world, and it’s expected to eventually take the crown completely from conventional sports like football and cricket over the next decade. Starting as nothing more than a couple of independent events between a few dozen people at a time, it has transformed into a true behemoth of an industry that’s now worth around $1 billion, and it’s only expected to become more popular in the future.
This has also allowed an entire platform of eSports betting to emerge, drawing in a huge range of different betting fans of every shape and size, and all of them eager to follow and wager on their favourite games. Here we will look at the some of the most popular eSports betting games right now.
League of Legends
Known as a MOBA, League of Legends currently holds the record for the most-played game in the world, with the owning company claiming that they have around 1 billion registered players. It also boasts some of the biggest eSports tournaments around, of which there are 2500 events and 7130 professional players. It’s a great game to bet on for beginners, and is extensively covered by bookmakers from around the world.
While it had shaky beginnings, but the time 2020 came into full swing, it had become one of the most popular games in the gaming world, and gave rise to a plethora of its own events. There are over 4000 professional players that participate in these tournaments, which can be up to 100 players at any single time, and so far almost $100 million in prize winnings have be won through these games.
The same genre of game as League of Legends, Dota 2 sees two teams of five players battle it out against one another on a single map, and its related events are some of the very biggest around, with Dota’s biggest – The International – being a particular favourite for bettors simply due to its massive size and following. With $227 million in winnings award so far through Dota 2 events, it has spawned a branch of betting that’s almost second to none.
Known as a Hero Shooter, Overwatch was released to critical acclaim, and has been a favourite among FPS gamers, who heralded the game as a much-needed genre in the industry. Backed by developers Blizzard, Overwatch has 3500 known professional players, and boasts some of the fastest-paced matches around, some of which only last a few minutes at a time. There are 743 different tournaments to choose from, and each offers its own betting opportunities.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
By far the most popular competitive game in the world as of 2020, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – more affectionately known as CS:GO – is a true classic that has shaped eSports in countless ways. With some of the most dedicated and skilled players in the world, of which there are over 13000, CS:GO is a bettor’s paradise, thanks to its 5000 tournaments that take place every year.