A Beginner’s Guide To E-Sports Betting
20 years ago, the idea of E-Sports would have been laughable. But, these days, it is one of the most popular and fastest growing sports around the world. Every day, millions of viewers tune in online to watch their favorite personalities play online games, both competitively and non competitively. The competitive side of gaming grew into E-Sports, which can offer it’s players prize pots of millions of pounds in certain tournaments. At Bet UK, you find E-sports betting markets on events each day, as well as online betting for the biggest tournaments.
What Are E-Sports?
E-Sports is simply a competition that involves playing video games. E-Sports can be played with a wide range of genres, including sports games, first person shooters and strategy games. E-Sports as a whole have actually been around just as long as video games have, but there has been a huge surge in popularity over the last decade. It’s now estimated that E-Sports is a billion dollar industry, with upwards of 500 million people tuning in to watch events around the world. E-Sports players are now even offered scholarships at top universities, can represent sports clubs and can sell out arenas for the world's biggest competitions.
How Can I Bet On E-Sports?
Betting on E-Sports can vary depending on which game you choose to bet on. However, there are still some standard markets that will be familiar to all bettors. Obviously, there is the standard win market, where you can bet on the winner of either an individual round, or of the match overall. If you are betting on a game with multiple rounds, you can also find markets such as spread betting and over/under number of rounds. These markets allow you to predict the number of rounds in a match and whether or not one team will comfortably win. If you are betting on sports games such as FIFA or NBA 2k, then the markets will be very familiar to typical sports bettors.
The Most Popular E-Sports To Bet On
Counter Strike: GO
Counter Strike: Global Offensive, also known as Counter Strike: GO or CS:GO, is one of the oldest and most established games to be popularised in E-Sports. CS:GO is a first person shooter that pits two teams against each other in an online arena, similar to games such as Call Of Duty. CS:GO matches often feature a number of different rounds, on a selection of maps. When betting on CS:GO, you can place a bet on the winner of the overall match, as well as betting on each individual round.
Dota 2 is another stalwart of E-Sports, particular in Asia. Dota 2 is a MOBA, which stands for Massive Online Battle Arena. 2 teams of 5 players each select a unique character and aim to destroy their opponent’s base, whilst also protecting their own. Dota 2 games are also played over a number of different maps, so you can bet on each individual map, or on the winner overall. With games often played in a first to 3 or 5 format, you can again bet on the number of overall rounds in the game as well.
League Of Legends
League of Legends is another MOBA and is the main competitor to Dota 2. Both games work in exactly the same way, with 2 teams of 5 facing off against each other to destroy each other's base. There are differences in the types of character you can choose and some differences in gameplay, so it really comes down to which of the two games you prefer to bet on. The betting of League of Legends is similar to Dota 2, in that you can bet on the winner of the match overall, as well as individual rounds.
What Are The Biggest E-Sports Competitions?
The Fortnite World Cup
The Fortnite World Cup has only been around since 2019, but it has still paid out $30m in prizes to it’s participants. Fortnite took the world by storm when it was released, so it’s no surprise that it eventually moved into the world of competitive gaming. The Fortnite World Cup was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is also the home of the U.S Open tennis. It was reported that 23,000 seats at the arena were all sold out, with 2.3 million concurrent viewers watching from home. Considering that was the first World Cup held, we can only expect it to grow from this point.
League Of Legends World Championships
The League of Legends World Championships is the culmination of a year long season and has been running since 2011. Qualification for the Worlds is long and tedious, but the overall prize of over $2m makes it worthwhile. The World Championships often sell out some of the biggest arenas in the world, with 20,000 people watching the final live in Paris last year. That number is dwarfed by the online viewership however, with a record 99.6 million viewers in 2018, setting a record for the League of Legends World Championships.
The International - Dota 2
The International, played on Dota 2, is the richest E-sports competition currently on the circuit. In 2019, the prize pool was an incredible $34,000,000, making it bigger than any other E-Sports event that has ever been held. Similarly to the League of Legends World Championships, the International is the final event of a year-long qualification period, with the 18 best teams heading to the finals. Like most E-Sports events these days, The International is played in front of sold out arenas, with millions of spectators watching online.
Are There Teams In E-Sports?
With E-Sports becoming more of an organised sport, there are plenty of different teams that attract the most successful players. Like any other sport, these players are signed up to contracts, essentially tying them to a team until it expires. Although there is no trading of players, or transfer fees, it is only a matter of time before we see that implemented into E-Sports. Here are some of the biggest E-Sports teams around at the moment.
Team Liquid are a Netherlands based side that started out in 2000, mainly only playing StarCraft. Since then, they have acquired several different ‘divisions’ that each focus on a different game. Excluding sports games, Liquid have divisions for every major E-Sport. They have also seen plenty of success, with the highlight being a win in The International in 2017, which awarded the biggest ever prize pool at the time.
OG is another European based team, but has much more of a focused approach to E-Sports. Rather than having teams across a variety of different games, OG just focus on Dota 2 and CS:GO. This allows them to have incredibly specialised players that make them the 2nd most successful team of all time. They are also backed by Red Bull, marking the first foray into the E-Sports market for the energy drinks company.
Fnatic is an E-Sports team that is based in London and dates back to 2004. Fnatic have had historic success in League of Legends, winning the inaugural World Championships, and CS:GO, boasting one of the games greatest ever teams. Similarly to Liquid, Fnatic has expanded its roster into a range of different games, including FIFA, Fortnite and Street Fighter.
Betting on E-Sports at Bet UK
E-Sports betting is clearly on the rise, and with that, the betting markets are only set to improve. With betting each day, make sure to check Bet UK for the latest E-Sports betting odds and markets for all events. If you fancy a change from E-Sports, why not check out our football betting, horse racing betting or tennis betting markets?