In 2018, market research group Newzoo claimed esports could be worth as much as $138 billion. That didn’t include the possibility of gambling on esports, however. The amount of money punters wager on esports tournaments and competitions raises the amount of money that the gaming genre is actually worth. Esports fans have plenty of competitions on the horizons and using the latest betting promotions, can get great odds and the latest bonuses before the tournaments start.
Esports gamblers have identified the best games to make a profit from when betting on tournaments. These games and competitions see punters wagering a lot of cheddar with profits being just as large as in traditional sports betting.
DotA 2 has long been one of the leading esports games. Its popularity led to The International being launched in 2011 by the game’s creators Valve. Since its debut, the prize pool for The International has grown with the 2019 edition of the tournament having a purse of more than $34 million.
Punters can bet on the world’s best DotA 2 teams during the 10-day tournament. There is a group stage followed by a double-elimination format. It is a great tournament to watch and one that provides plenty of opportunities for betting.
League of Legends
League of Legends is another esports game that has been around for some time and attracts the top gamers in the world. Most, if not all, leading sportsbooks will have odds for the latest League of Legends tournaments.
The League of Legends World Championship is the pinnacle of the esport. League of Legends has a massive player base making it a hugely popular game to play and watch, and that is why the World Championship is the most viewed esport tournament in the world. Twenty-four teams competed at the 2019 World Championship over the course of October and November.
The Overwatch League launched in 2018 to some of esports’ biggest ever hype. It is less of a tournament and more of a league format. The season runs from the winter into the summer and resembles a traditional sports league rather than a video game competition.
Teams represent cities and, in the future, will have home and away games. The league even sees high-profile traditional sports organization owners as the CEOs of teams.
CS:GO is both fun to play and entertaining to watch. The first-person shooter game features two teams with one being a counter-terrorism group and the other an organization of terrorists. From there, players compete in a first-person shooter in which they attempt to capture the other team’s flag.
Leading sportsbooks post odds for the top CS:GO tournaments and competitions. There are a lot of opportunities to wager on CS:GO events including the ELeague Major, which is the top competition for the esport.
Rocket League is essentially a football (soccer) video game in which rocket-powered cars are the players. The game’s tactics are extremely easy which is one reason it is popular to play. Simply put, you must hit a ball with your rocket car and knock it into your opponent’s car.
It is such an easy game to learn that it can be quite addictive. In fact, its simplicity makes it a strange game for being so popular with punters. A number of leading sportsbooks and websites offer Rocket League odds for tournaments.
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