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Beginners guide to eSports betting 2022

eSports betting means “electronic sports betting”. eSports allows you to bet on players or teams who play eSports video games, such as League of Legends, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 

eSports betting became popular in 2003, when Valve released an update to their eSports game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

If you are a complete beginner to eSports betting, we will tell you everything you need to know about eSports betting in this guide.

In our eSports betting guide, you will learn what eSports betting is, types of eSports games you can bet on, and how to bet on eSports online. Read below to find out more.

What types of eSports games can you bet on?

You can bet on First-person shooters (FPS), Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), Sports simulation and Fighting games. Below you can find a list of eSports games that you can bet on in each category.

First-person shooters (FPS) eSports games:

  • Doom
  • Quake
  • Counter-Strike
  • Call of Duty
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Halo
  • Painkiller
  • Battlefield
  • CrossFire
  • Overwatch
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Alliance of Valiant Arms
  • Special Force II

 

Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) eSports games:

  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Heroes of Newerth
  • Smite
  • Vainglory

 

Sports eSports games:

  • FIFA series
  • Madden
  • NBA 2K
  • Pro Evolution Soccer
  • Rocket League
  • Real Subspace Hockey League

Fighting eSports games:

  • Street Fighter
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • Tekken
  • Killer Instinct

Real-time strategy eSports games:

  • StarCraft: Brood War
  • Warcraft III
  • StarCraft II

Racing eSports games:

  • iRacing
  • Project CARS
  • TrackMania

Other eSports games:

  • Gears of War
  • War Thunder
  • World of Tanks
  • World of Warcraft
  • Hearthstone
  • Pokémon
  • Puyo Puyo
  • Tetris
  • Splatoon
  • EndGods

Types of bets you can place on eSports games

Below we will explain which types of bets you can place on eSports games.

Real money eSports bet

A real money eSports bet is a bet that you make with real money. You can make real money bets with the following currencies: EUR, GPB, USD.

You can make real money bets on eSports matches, tournaments, seasons and leagues. Each eSports event has fixed odds that are set by a bookmaker. Lower odds means that the probability for the team to win is high. Higher odds means that you get a bigger payout.

Example:

TEAM A has odds of 1.58 while TEAM B has odds of 2.23. In this case, TEAM A is the favorite to win, but they are not guaranteed to win. The odds are simply a guess by the bookmaker on the outcome.

This is how you make a real money bet on eSports:

  1. Visit any of the bookmakers here.
  2. Sign up.
  3. Deposit the amount you are comfortable with.
  4. Find “eSports Betting” on the site of the bookmaker.
  5. Choose your favorite eSports event and make your real money bet by clicking on the button “place bet”.
  6. Wait for the results of the eSports event. If the team you bet on wins, you win real money based on the odds of the eSports event. If you lose, you lose your real money bet amount.

Cryptocurrency eSports betting

You can bet on eSports betting events with cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, etherum, litecoin and ripple. This means that you can deposit with cryptocurrency and withdraw your wins in cryptocurrency.

You can also buy cryptocurrency to refill your account so you can make more bets on eSports events.

This is how you can buy and deposit with cryptocurrency to bet on eSports games:

  1. Choose your Bitcoin wallet at Bitcoin https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet or sign up with https://www.blockchain.com/wallet#/signup
  2. Buy Bitcoins with your credit card or direct bank transfer from Coinbase at https://www.coinbase.com/signup
  3. Deposit bitcoins from your Coinbase to your personal wallet
  4. Login to your account, go to “Cashier”, select your favorite bitcoin method and click on “Deposit”
  5. Start betting on eSports games with cryptocurrency.

Type of odds and how odds work on eSports betting

Odds are numbers that are set by bookmakers to guess the results of an eSports event, and how likely a team or player will win a match. Odds are used to calculate how much money you can win if you place a winning bet on an eSports event.

Higher odds means higher payout. Smaller odds means lower payout.

Types of odds on eSports games:

  • Decimal
  • Fractional
  • American
  • Hong Kong
  • Malay
  • Indo

Decimal odds explained:

In this example, the decimal odds are written as 1.77 and 1.93. Each odds will be multiplied with your bet, and your bet amount is the amount you get back when you win your bet.

Example 1:

You bet 10 EUR on Team Lightning with odds on 1.77. If Team Lightning wins, you win 17.7 EUR. Calculation: 10 EUR x 1.77 = 17.7 EUR. You win back your bet 10 EUR and the profit of 7.7 EUR from the bet.

Example 2:

You bet 10 EUR on Sun-Rise with odds of 1.93. If Sun-Rise wins, you win 19.3. Calculation: 10 EUR x 9.3 = 19.3 EUR. You win back your bet of 10 EUR and the profit of 9.3 EUR from your bet.

Fractional odds explained:

Fractional odds are displayed as 2 numbers separated with a dash. The number on the left, in this case, is 77 and the number 77 shows how much you can win. The number on the right, 100, shows how much you need to bet.

To understand how much you can win in this case, you need to divide 77 with 100 and then multiply that with your bet.

Example 1:

Team Lightning has fractional odds of 77/100. If you bet 100 EUR on Team Lighting, and Team Lightning wins, you win XX EUR. Calculation: 

77/100 = 0,77 EUR x 100 = 7,7 EUR 

Example 2: 

Sun-Rise has fractional odds of 93/100. If you bet 100 EUR on Sun-Rise, and if Sun-Rise wins, you win XX EUR. Calculation: 

93/100 = 0,93 EUR x 100 = 93 EUR

American odds explained:

American Odds can also be called money line odds. Each team has a (-) minus and (+) sign. The negative minus sign (-) shows you much you need to bet to win and the positive plus (+) sign shows much you win for every 100 EUR bet.

The team who is favorite to win has a (-) sign and the team who is the underdog has a (+) plus sign. To win your bet on the underdog (-) you need to bet -909 EUR to win 100 EUR. To win your bet on the favorite (+) you need to bet 455 EUR to win 100 EUR.

To understand how much in total you can win, you must add your win to your bet amount.

Examples: 

Favorites (+) sign:

In this case, Uthermal has positive odds +455, which means that Uthermal are favorites to win. This is how you calculate your potential wins:

If you bet 100 EUR and Uthermal wins, you win 555 EUR. This is how the win is calculated:

100 EUR bet + 555 EUR win = 555 EUR profit in total

Underdogs (-) sign:

In this case, Innovation has positive odds -909, which means that Innovation are the underdogs. If you bet 909 EUR and Innovation wins, you 100 EUR. This is how you calculate your potential wins:

Your bet of 909 EUR  + 100 EUR win = 1009 EUR in total win

Hong Kong odds explained:

Hong Kong odds show the relationship between your bet and the possible payout from your bet if your bet wins. To calculate your profit, you must multiply your bet with the Hong Kong Odds.

To calculate your payout, you must add 1 to Hong Kong odds and multiply the amount with the Hong Kong odds.

Example 1:

You bet 10 EUR on Bluejays Int with odds 0.71. If Bluejays Int wins, you will win 7.81 EUR. Calculation: 10 EUR + 1 x 0.71 = 7.81 EUR win

Example 2:

You bet 10 EUR on Adaptation with odds 0.99. If Adaption wins, you win 10,89 EUR. Calculation: 10 EUR + 1 x 0,99 = 10.89 EUR win

Malay odds explained:

Malay odds are Malaysian odds. Malay odds means the relationship between your bet and your win on the bet. Malay odds can be any number between 1 and -1.

If a Malay odds are negative, it shows how much you must bet to win 1 EUR or any other currency.

Example of negative Malay odds:

Team Empire Hope has a negative odds of -0.645. If you bet 10 EUR on the odds -0.645, and if Team Empire Hope wins, you win the following:

10 EUR / -0.645 = 15.50 EUR profit.

But you will also get back your bet of 10 EUR. This means the total with the profit + your bet is:

10 EUR / -0.645 = 15.50 EUR profit + 10 EUR = 25.50 EUR win.

Example of positive Malay odds:

Team OG Seed has a positive odds of 0.450. If you bet 10 EUR on the odds 0.450 and if Team OG Seed wins, you win the following:

10 EUR /  0.450 = 22.22 EUR profit

But you will also get back your bet of 10 EUR. This means the total with the profit + your bet is:

10 EUR /  0.450 = 22.22 EUR profit + 10 EUR = 23.23 EUR win

Indo odds explained:

Indo odds are short for Indonesian odds. The match with negative odds is marked with a minus (-) sign. The negative number shows how much you need to risk to win 1 EUR. Therefore the positive Indonesian odds pay you more, if your team wins.

The team who has negative odds are the favorites to win the match. The team who has a positive odds is the team who are expected to lose the match and therefore they are the underdogs.

Example of positive Indo Odds:

Galacticos Acamedy (LOL) has a positive odds of 1.21. If you bet 10 EUR on Galakticos Acamedy (LOL) and if Acamedy (LOL) wins, you win 12.1 EUR. Calculation:

10 EUR bet x 1.21 odds = 12.1 EUR win.

Example of Negative Indo odds:

Istanbul Wild Cats Academy (LOL)  has negative odds of -1.69. If you bet 10 EUR on Istanbul Wild Cats Academy (LOL) and if Istanbul Wild Cats Academy (LOL) wins, you win 16.9 UR. Calculation:

10 EUR bet x -1.69 odds = 16.9 EUR win.

What type of bets can you make on eSports?

Below we will explain which types of bets you can make on eSports.

Live Bet

A Live bet is also called an in-play bet. Live bets are bets that you can bet live and direct during an ongoing eSports game, that is broadcasted live and direct on a streaming service like Twitch. Live bets are also called “in-play” bets. You can place live bets on eSports games like:

  • Dota 2
  • CS:GO
  •  League of Legends (LoL)

You can place live in-play bets on popular eSports leagues and tournaments such as:

  • Dota 2 Asian Gold Occupation
  • Dota 2 BTS Pro Series
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive Esl Australia
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive Nz Championship

When you make live bets on eSports events, you can follow the live stream of the esport event directly via an eSport streaming service like Twitch. This means that you can see every move and action in the eSports game and place your live bet at any moment. Whether it is in the beginning, middle, or end.

You can make live bets with both your mobile and desktop.

You can place the following live in-play bets: 

  • Rounds Handicap
  • Rounds Total
  • Round Winner
  • First Kill
  • Winner of a round
  • Individual map winner
  • Indiivual game winner
  • First blood

First blood bet 

A first blood bet is a bet that you can make to guess which player or team will get the first kill in an eSports match.

Example: If you think that TEAM A will make the first kill in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, then you can make a first blood bet on TEAM A. If you think that TEAM B will make the first kill in the game Fortnite, then you can make first blood bet on TEAM B.

First kill bet

First kill bet is a bet that you can make to guess which player or team will make the first kill in a game. For example, if you think that player X will make the first kill in the CS team, then you make a first kill bet on player X.

First map bet

First map is a bet that you can make to guess which team will win the first map in a game. The first map bet is available in eSports games like the first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Exact score bet

Exact score bet is a bet that you place to guess the exact score in an eSports match. For example, if you think that a best of 5 matches in CS: GO will end in 3-2 to TEAM A, then you can place an exact score bet on TEAM A.

Map total bet

A map total bet is a bet you can make to guess how many maps in total a team will win. For example, if you think that TEAM A will win 10 maps, then you can make a map total bet of 10.

Map winner bet

Map winner bet is a bet that you can make to guess which team will win the map. For example, if you think that TEAM A will win the map in round 1 in CS:GO, then you can make a map winner bet on TEAM A.

Draw bet

Draw bet is a bet you can make when you think that the result for a match will end up in a draw. Example: a match in CSGO where both TEAM A and TEAM B get 30 kills each.

Group winner bet 

Group winner bet is a bet that you can make on the team which you think will win a group in a specified tournament with groups.

Region winner bet

A region winner bet is a bet that you can place to guess the region or country of the winner in an eSports league. For example, you can place a region winner bet in the Lague of legends tournament.

Total rounds bet

Total rounds bet is a bet you can place to guess if the match will end in over or under a specific number of rounds. For example, if you think that a round in CS: GO will end in 30 rounds, you can place a total rounds bet on 30.

Total kills bet

Total kills bet is a bet you can make to guess how many total kills a team will get on a map. It can either be an odd or even number.

Example 1:  If you see an eSports match in Dota 2 with an option to bet on over 40 kills. This means that you will win your total bet (over/under), if the total kills of the 2 teams is 40 or more. You lose your total bet if the kills are less than 40.  

Example 2: If you see an eSports match for Call of Duty with an option to bet on over 30 kills. You win your total bet if the total kills from both Call of duty teams are 30 or more. You lose if the kills are less than 30.

Rounds handicap bet 

If you want to make a round handicap bet, you can use the plus + and minus – signs next to each game.

Map handicap bet

If you want to make a map handicap bet you can click the plus + and minus + sign next to each game.

If a match is played with a best of 3, you can increase or decrease the map handicap with +1.5 or -1.5. To win your map handicap bet, TEAM A has to win the series with the result of 2-0.

If any of the teams fail to win the series but wins a map, you can place a handicap bet of +1.5.

Tips: you can make an Asian handicap bet in eSports when you want to remove the tie in a match and therefore increase your odds to win.

Odd/even bets

Odd bet is a bet that you can make if you think that the total result for both teams is an odd number, for example on rounds played and map winners. For example 1,3,5,7,0.

Even a bet is a bet you can make if you think that the total result for both teams is an even number, for example, for rounds played and map winners. For example: 0,2,4,6,8,10.

Over/under bets

Over/under bets are bets that you make to guess if, for example, a team will get over the odds set by the bookmaker, or under the odds set by the bookmaker.  You can set over or under for a combined score for example for, 2 teams, total kills and first to markets. Over means more than. Under means less than.

Example over bet: if odds are set to 3, you can make an over bet if you guess it will be more than 3.

Example under bet: If the odds are set to 4, you can make an under bet if you guess it will be less than 4.

Outright bet (tournament winner)

An outright bet is a bet that you can place before the start, during or at the end of an eSports event. You can place outright bets on eSports players or eSports teams. An outright bet is a place that you can make to guess the results of an entire eSports league, event or eSports competition.

Example 1: 

You can place an outright bet to guess which team will win the competition Dreamhack Masters Spring in North America in the eSports game Counter-Strike.

Example 2: 

You can place an outright bet to guess which team will win Group A in the competition Cod league Minnesota in the eSports game Call of Duty.

Example 3: 

You can place an outright bet to guess that Team A will lose in the eSports competition LEC.

Single bet

A single bet is a bet that you can make to guess the result of a single Esport event.  Example: if an Esports match is played between FORZE(CS) and CR4ZY, you can place a single bet on CR4ZY.

Multi bet

A multi bet is also known as All Ups, Parlays, or Accumulators. A multi bet allows you to combine several bets on Esports events in a single bet. To win your multi bet, all your bets need to be correct.

For example, you can bet on a Dota 2 tournament and a Starcraft tournament. To win your multi bet, each of your bets needs to be correct.

System bet

A system bet is a bet that you can make when you want to combine single and multiple bets. You can place a system bet when you want to bet on several results in an Esports match. Even if all your selections are not correct, you can still win money from your selections.

 

What special bets can you make in specific eSports games?

Each eSports game offers you the possibility to make special bets. Here is a list of the most common special bets in the most popular eSports games:

League of Legends special bets:

  • 1st Map. Kills Handicap
  • 1st Map. Total kills
  • 1st Map. Odd/even kills
  • 1st Map. First blood
  • 1st Map. Team 1 total kills
  • 1st Map. Team 2 total kills
  • 1st map. First to 5 kills
  • 1st map. First to 10 kills
  • 1st map. First to 15 kills
  • 1st map. First to 1- 20 kills
  • 1st map. Most kills
  • 1st map. Destroy the first inhibitor
  • 1st map. To slay the first baron
  • 1st map. Total barons slain
  • 1st map. Both teams to kill a baron
  • 1st map. Both teams to destroy an inhibitor
  • 1st map. Minutes played
  • Correct map score
  • Odd / even kills
  • Kills handicap

Starcraft 2 special bets:

  • 1st map result
  • 2nd map result

Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO)

  • Maps handicap
  • Total maps
  • Over/under
  • Correct map score
  • 1st map result
  • 1st map: 1st pistol round winner
  • 1st map: 2nd pistol round winner
  • 1st map: rounds handicap
  • 1st map: odd/even rounds
  • 1st map: win 2 and total rounds over
  • 1st map overtime
  • 1st map rounds total
  • 2nd map results
  • 2nd map: 1st pistol winner
  • 2nd map: 2nd pistol winner
  • 2nd map: rounds handicap
  • 2nd map: rounds total
  • Overtime

Dota 2 special bets:

  • 1 map result
  • 2nd map result
  • Correct map score
  • 1st map kills handicap
  • 1st map total kills
  • 1st map team 1 total kills
  • 1st map Most kills
  • 1st map to destroy 1st tower
  • 1st map to slay the first roshan
  • 2nd map kills handicap
  • 2nd map total kills
  • 2nd map team 1 total kils
  • 2nd map team 2 total kills
  • 2nd map most kills
  • 2nd map to destroy 1st tower
  • 2nd map to dstroy first roshan

Call of duty special bets:

  • Maps handicap
  • Total maps
  • Correct map score
  • 1st – 5 map result

Overwatch special bets:

  • Maps handicap
  • Total maps
  • Correct map score
  • 1 -3 map result

King of glory special bets:

  • Maps handicap
  • Total maps
  • Corect maps score
  • 1st map result
  • 1st map kills handicap
  • 1st map total kills
  • 2nd map result
  • 2nd map kills handicap
  • 2nd map total kills
  • 3rd map results
  • 3rd map kills handicap
  • 3rd map total kills
  • 4 and 5 map result

World of Warcraft special bets:

  • Maps handicap
  • 1st map result
  • 2nd map result

Rocket league special bets:

  • Maps handicap
  • Total maps
  • Correct map score
  • 1 – 5 th map result

Which payment methods can you use for eSports betting?

Below we will explain which deposit and withdrawal methods you can use for eSports betting.

Deposit methods:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • PaySafe
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • AstroPay
  • Cryptocurrency: bitcoin, etherum, litecoin and ripple

Withdrawal methods:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin, Etherum, Litecoin and Ripple

How do you bet on Esports?

To bet on eSports you need to create an account at an eSports bookmaker.

  1. Visit any of the bookmakers here
  2. Sign up or register
  3. Deposit the amount you are comfortable with
  4. Find “eSports Betting” on the site of the bookmaker
  5. Choose your favorite eSports event and make your real money bet by clicking on the button “place bet”
  6. Wait for the results of the eSports event. If the team you bet on wins, you win real money based on the odds of the eSports event. If you lose, you lose your real money bet amount

Tips and strategies on how to win your bets on eSports

Below you can find tips and strategies on how to improve your chances to win your bets on eSports.

Watch eSports games on Twitch

Make sure to watch eSports events live on Twitch to study the gameplay of each player and team. By doing this, you will get important knowledge that will improve your betting strategy on eSports events.

Follow popular eSports players on Twitter

Twitter is the most popular social platform for professional eSports players. Make sure to follow popular eSports players and eSports influencers to get an insight into upcoming eSports matches, as well as general opinions from eSports players on upcoming events.

By doing this, you will learn how to plan your betting strategy ahead. A tip is to follow Michal Blicharz, who is a VP at ESL Magazine and Intel Extreme Masters.

Read eSports forums

Make sure to visit eSports forums online to read what other eSports bettors write about eSports events. You can also start discussions to get opinions from others about certain eSports events. You can use the feedback to improve your overall betting strategy for eSports events.

A popular eSports forum on Reddit is: https://www.reddit.com/r/eSports/

Do not bet on favorites in best of 1 matches

Do not bet on an eSports event with a best of 1 match. Because best-of-1 matches can be very unpredictable, and can return you smaller wins, even if the best of 1 matches have heavy favorite bets. Teams who participate in Best on 1 matches can also be favorite because they are playing on an unknown side.

Do not bet on unknown eSports teams

Do not bet on eSports teams that are unknown to you. Always make sure to do some research on their most recent matches. If the unknown team proves to be on the same level as the more known team, then it can be a good idea to bet on the unknown team.

Make sure to check for any changes in the lineup of each team

Sometimes teams can change players or be replaced by other players. This can affect your chances to win in an eSports event. This will especially affect teams who just got a new player to their team, which means that the player needs to adjust to the team strategy and their playing style.

A new player in a team might reduce your chances to win, because you can not predict how he plays and if he fits the overall playing style of the team.

Bet on tournament winners and match winners

If you are new to eSports betting, the simplest and best way to start is to bet on tournament winners or match winners. Because betting on tournament winners or match winners requires less knowledge of the overall rules for different odds types.

So, the best bet is to simply choose your favorite team in a tournament and make your bet on the winning team. Or choose your favorite player in an eSports match and make your bet.

Another advantage of betting on tournament winners, is that you can watch a few tournaments of the team to see how good they are. The same goes for match winners, you can study the players and their playing style to see if it’s a good thing to make bets on that specific player.

Avoid exact score bets

Exact score bets mean that you need to guess the exact result of a match. For example, 4-1. In this case, a match needs to end in 4-1 in order for you to win your exact score bet.

Set your spending budget before the bet

Make sure to set a fixed spending amount that you can afford to spend on an eSports event. Never play for more money than you can afford to lose. As a new player, it is best to start small with smaller amounts.

Do your research on players and matches

Check the lineup of the team during their previous 3 wins. This will help you to analyze if the lineup has been the same during their recent wins. This will also help you to see patterns. For example, if a player has been replaced and the team has suddenly started to lose matches.

Check maps

If you like to watch and bet on eSports games like CS: GO and Overwatch, then these games are based on different maps. Each level has a unique map. This means that some teams can play better on certain maps, while other teams can play worse.

Make sure to study a few matches of a team and take notes on which map they play well. This will help you to make the right betting decisions.

Are you ready to start betting on eSports?

Visit Esports Bonuses and open your account and make your first eSports bet.

FAQ

How long does an eSports tournament last?

Games can last 1 hour. One-sided eSports games can last around 5-15 minutes.

Can I win more money when I bet on eSports than traditional sports betting?

eSports betting includes a wider range of bets, which can improve your winning chances. But your chance to win also depends on your skill and luck. If you learn to understand the strategy of eSports players and study enough eSports games, you will improve your chances to win when you bet on eSports.

Which is the best eSports game to bet on?

It depends on your personal taste. A good start is to check out the top 3 eSports games: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Fortnite.

Can I bet on eSports with my mobile device?

Yes, you can bet on eSports with your mobile device: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and iPads.

Can I get bonuses on eSports?

Yes, you can get your eSports bonus at Esports Bonuses

What is the minimum age in order to bet on eSports?

You need to be 18 years old to be able to bet on eSports.

Is it legal to bet on eSports online?

In the United States, Esports betting has been illegal under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) until May 2018. This act only allows esports betting in Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virgina and New Jersey.

The countries where esports betting is legal are: UK, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain, Canada, South Korea, and Japan, Brazil, Germany, Russia, South Africa, France, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Ukraine, Portugal, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Mexico, Philippines, Malaysia and India. 

Why is eSports betting popular?

The eSports betting market is a new and exciting way to bet because eSports combines the thrills of watching video games while providing players with an opportunity to win money.

 

Top 10 eSports tournaments in the world

These are the top 10 eSports tournaments in the world based on prize pools in 2019.

  • The Fortnite World Cup 

The Fortnite World Cup is the biggest eSports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $30 in 2019. The Fortnite World Cup consisted of 2 different events. The first event is played between solo players with a best of 6 matches.

The second event is played between 2 player teams with a best of 6 matches.  You can read more here https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/competitive/en-US/events/world-cup

  • The International Dota 2 World Cup

The International Dota 2 World cup had a prize pool of $30 million in 2019. The tournament included 18 teams. 12 teams were invited to the tournament directly from another tournament series called Dota Pro Circuit.

6 teams are directly invited from regional playoff winners: North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, Europa and CIS. You can read more here http://www.dota2.com/international/overview/

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) 

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) prize pool was 21.77 million U.S. dollars in 2019. The tournament was played between 10 teams. 6 teams are directly invited to the tournament and 4 teams are qualified via direct qualifiers.

  1. PUBG eSports tournament

The PUBG eSports tournament had a prize pool of $12,483,482.94 in 2019. The tournament was played between the 32 best teams from each year along with the best teams from Phase 3.

  • The Overwatch League

The Overwatch League in 2019 had a prize pool of $3.5 million, which was divided between the best 8 teams. The winning team wins $1.1 million and the next best team wins $600,00.

  • League of Legends World Championship

The prize pool for League of Legends World Championship was $2.2 million in 2019. In 2019, the tournament was played between 12 teams. Each team is divided into 4 groups. Each team will face every other team 1 time.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Arena eSports league

Magic: The Gathering Arena eSports league had a prize pool of $10 million in 2019. In 2019, the tournament was played between the best 32 players.

  • Call of Duty World League Championship

The Call of Duty World League Championship had a prize pool of $2,000,000 in 2019. In 2019, the tournament was played between 32 teams. 16 teams were qualified from the CWL Pro League. 16 teams were qualified from the CWL Amateur Finals from CWL Miami.

  • Arena of Valor International Championship 

The Arena of Valor International Championship had a prize pool of US$500,000 in 2019. In 2019, the tournament was played between 12 of the best teams.

  • Rainbow Six tournament

The Rainbow Six tournament had a prize pool of $2,000,000 USD in 2019. In 2019, the tournament was played between the best 16 teams in the world.

Interesting stats about eSports

Below you can find interesting stats about eSports

  • League of Legends is the most-watched eSports game with 125.65 million hours watched in October 2019, according to   StreamElements and SullyGnome.
  • Technology consulting firm Activate estimates more than 250 million people watch eSports
  • The United States is the biggest country for eSports with  1702 Players

https://www.eSportsearnings.com/history/2020/countries

  • The worldwide revenue will reach around $3 billion between 2020 – 2020 according to a report by

https://www.arizton.com/market-reports/global-eSports-market

  • The worldwide sports market is estimated to reach $17.2 billion by the end of 2020, according to Wholesale Investor.

History and facts of eSports

1972: The first known video game competition was held at Stanford University in the USA on October 19, 1972 for a game called Spacewar.

1980: Atari held the Space Invaders Championship with 10,000 participants across the United States.

1982 – 1984: eSports events were aired on television on the American show Starcade, with a total of 133 episodes, where contestants tried to beat each other’s high scores on arcade games.

1990:  Nintendo held its event named The Nintendo World Championships and hosted championship games at Universal Studios in California.

1994: Nintendo held the world championship event Nintendo PowerFest ’94 to promote SNES. Finals were held in San Diego, California.

1997:  ID Software hosted the tournament Red Annihilation QuakeCon for the game Quake. QuakeCon is considered to be one of the first proper eSports tournaments in the world.

2003: The first form of eSports betting began, when Valve released an update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and introduced skin betting. 

2004: Semi-final match held at Evolution Championship Series 2004 between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong in the game Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. This match is considered to be one of the most iconic video game tournaments ever.

2006: FUN Technologies hosts a Worldwide Web games Championship.

2010: Nintendo hosts the Wii Games Summer 2010 which launched Super Smash Brothers for Wii as one of the most popular eSports games during that era.

Where Can You Watch eSports Events?

You can watch eSports live and direct and completely for free around the clock on the following eSports streaming platforms:

Twitch

Twitch is the most popular eSports platform, where you can watch eSports games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, League of Legends, NBA 2K20. Visit Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/

You can also download the Twitch app for your Android phone at Google Play at

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.twitch.android.app&hl=en_US

You can download Twitch app for your iOS mobile device at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitch-live-game-streaming/id460177396?mt=8

Facebook Gaming

On June 1, 2018, Facebook launched its own streaming platform for eSports. You can also download a special app for Facebook Gaming for your Android phone at Google Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.games&hl=en_US

Mixer.com

Mixer.com was launched on January 5, 2016. Mixer is Microsoft’s own live streaming platform for eSports. Visit Mixer here https://mixer.com/

Youtube Live Gaming

Youtube Live Gaming was launched on August 26, 2015, and offers live-streamed eSports matches on eSports games, like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.Visit Youtube Gaming here: https://www.youtube.com/gaming/

Dailymotion Games

Dailymotion games were launched on January 14, 2015, and offer live streaming on eSports games like Battlefield and Counter-Strike. Visit Dailymotion Games here:

https://www.dailymotion.com/en/channel/videogames

Overwatch league

Activision, the developer behind the game Overwatch has exclusive rights with Youtube to stream their selection of games such as Overwatch, Call of Duty on Youtube. You can visit the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiAInBL9kUzz1XRxk66v-gw

League of Legends

Riot, the developer behind the eSports game League of Legends has created an own Youtube channel, where you can stream League of Legends. You can visit the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvqRdlKsE5Q8mf8YXbdIJLw

Rocket League

The developers Psyonix and Panic Button Games, who are behind Rocket League, have their own Youtube channel, where you can live stream professional Rocket League games. You can visit the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdKuPY64fEpI4cdlBSyvEJw

What are the benefits of betting on eSports compared to traditional sports?

  • eSports is a new and exciting market for online gambling
  • You can watch your favorite video games and win money at the same time
  • eSports is more unpredictable than traditional sports, such as football and basketball, where rules are fixed and the possibilities to score are limited
  • You can watch eSports matches for free on services like Twitch
  • eSports offers new and innovative ways to bet
  • Every eSports event is unique, because each eSports game in an eSports event gets updated regularly with new characters, environments, and maps to bet on. For example, a new map or weapon could change the gameplay completely.
  • eSports does not have any referees who can influence the pace or outcome of an eSports match
  • You can win more because eSports offers a wider selection of betting types

Cons with betting on traditional sports:

  • Traditional sports generally have the same markets and the same odds
  • You are forced to bet on the same team line ups
  • You get a traditional selection of sports
  • Traditional sports are more predictable
  • Players can only score points in 1 specific way in each game
  • Traditional sports have a referee in each game that can influence the pace and outcome in every match

TOP 10 most popular eSports games you can bet on

These are the most popular eSports games you can bet on in 2020. The popularity is based on the amount of people viewing each game,the amount of hostd events and worldwide success.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter (FPS) game and often referred to as CS: GO. Counter-Strike: Global: Offensive was released in 2012 by Valve. The game includes 2 teams: terrorists and counter-terrorists. The goal in the game is to complete tasks on various levels in the game called maps.

In April 2020, more than 1.30 million eSports players played CS:GO. Counter-Strike: Global: Offensive on Steam. CS:GO is the 3rd leading eSports game in the world according to Statista, with a prize pool of 21.77 million USD as of 2019. In 2019, CS:GO hosted its biggest tournament with 1,2 million viewers.

You can read more about Counter Strike Global Offensive eSports league here https://pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/  

League of Legends

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena eSports game (MOBA), which was released 2009 by Riot. The first professional tournament in League of Legends was played in 2011 in Jönköping, Sweden.

League of Legend is a strategy game where 2 teams with 5 players compete against each other, with the goal to destroy each other’s base. In 2015, the League of Legends World Championship was watched by a live audience of 43,000 people.

You can read about League of Legends eSports tournament  here https://watch.loleSports.com/ 

Fortnite

Fortnite is a multiplayer game that is produced by Epic Games and was released in 2011. Up to 100 players can play the game. Each player plays a map either in single-player mode or team play mode. The task for the player is to pick as many weapons and items as possible, and try to get to the center of the map. The last player left in the game wins the match.

According to Statista, over 350 million people play Fortnite. Fortite also has the world’s largest prize pool of 64.42 USD of any esport game according to Statista. 

Dota 2

Dota 2 is developed by Valve and was released in 2013. Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA. The game is played with 2 teams with 5 players in each team.

The goal for the player in the game is to destroy the enemy inside their stronghold, while defending their own territory. According to Statista, Dota 2 is one of the most popular games on Steam with over 11 million active players each month.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty Black Ops is a first-person shooter (FPS) esport game, which was launched in 2003 by Activision. The game takes place in World War 2 where players need to complete a series of campaigns or battles. In 2009, Activision launched The Call of Duty League (CDL), which is a professional eSports league.

You can read more about Call of duty espots league here https://callofdutyleague.com/en-us/

Overwatch

Overwatch is a first-person shooter (FPS) eSports game that is team-based and multiplayer based. Overwatch is produced by Blizzard Entertainment. The game is played in 2 teams with 6 players in each team. Each player can select between 30 characters. Each character has a specific role.

The goal in the game is to secure and defend control positions on a map. Overwatch has a dedicated eSports league called Overwatch League. Overwatch has also won titles like the Best eSports Game 2019 at Golden Joystick Awards.

You can read more about Overwatch eSports league here https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/

PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was released in 2017 and is developed by PUBG Corporation. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royal eSports game. Up to 100 players can play the game.

The goal in the game is to scavenge islands for weapons and equipment in order to kill other players. The player who remains alive will win the game.  According to Statista, around 18,400 eSports viewers watched events PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Twitch in June 2020.

Magic: The Gathering

Magic the gathering is an Adventure game and role-playing game that was released in 1997 by Microprose. The task in the game is to travel lands and fight other players to collect cards and defeat 5 wizards that represent 5 colors.

Since 2002, Magic: The Gathering Online has been an eSports game. The game also has a special eSports league called Magic Pro League (MPL), where 24 of the best eSports players can compete in the game.

Call of duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter (FPS) game, that was released in 2010 by Activision. The game is set in the Cold War during the 1960s. The main character is CIA agent Alex Mason.  Up to 4 eSports players can play the game and 2 players can play via a special split-screen co-op mode.

eSports players can play a special league called call of duty league  https://callofdutyleague.com/en-us/  

Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) eSports game developed by Tencent Games and released in 2016. The game has 3 main modes where players compete with the aim to destroy other players’ towers on a map. To win, players must destroy others’ core.

Each player can control a hero with a unique set of abilities. eSports players can compete in 2 yearly world championship tournaments; Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) and Arena of Valor World Cup (AWC).

You can read more about  Arena of Valor here https://www.arenaofvalor.com/ 

King of Glory

King of Glory is developed by byTiMi Studios and released in 2015. King of Glory is a multiplayer online battle arena eSports game, where you play a character with a goal to kill opponents and earn experience and gold. You can use gold and experience to unlock new abilities.  King of Glory is a very popular game in China where it has over 200 million active players.