Competitive video gaming is a big industry today and has obtained recognition as an actual sport over the past couple of decades. What really adds to the excitement of these games is the fact that people are also allowed to place wagers on their favourite teams and players, and bank upon their knowledge of the sport.
Perhaps the way ahead for this vertical would be to have some power rankings in place, such as the ones detailed on the linked-to page where you can go through the rankings of various teams and players involved in well-known leagues like NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL.
Let’s now tell you about some well-known eSports games you can wager money on.
League of Legends
Commonly referred to as just LoL, League of Legends is the most popular eSports title in the gaming world today. A World Championship happens for this game each year in October and November, since 2011, attracting thousands of visitors. Some big prize money is in store for the League of Legends players who manage to reach the top 3 spots in the championship. The winners on the other hand receive cash rewards running into millions of dollars. It doesn’t come as a surprise that this is also the favourite eSports game of the punters. The 2018 edition of the tournament was won by Invictus Gaming and it had a prize pool of over $ 6 million in total, the largest in the history of the Championship!
Well-known for its annual tournament ‘The International,’ multiplayer online battle arenas such as in Dota 2 have evolved to be one of the most preferred betting options for people. The Internationals are specifically for the top-rated Dota 2 players from different parts of the world. There is a Dota Pro Circuit in existence too which covers and analyses the game just as seen in conventional sports events. As expected, a good number of sports betting portals offer Dota 2 tournaments and leagues as a part of their market selections.
Released for the first time in the year 2000, Counter Strike has come a long way in the eSports world. The 4th game in the series known as Global Offensive was launched in 2012 and has become the most regularly played game in the eSports events. You can see all kinds of Global Offensive tournaments held in different parts of the world, throughout the year, either by Valve (the game’s developer) themselves or by third parties. These events are extensively covered in different forms of media, during pregame, live and postgame stages, with commentary happening on all the major sports channels.
StarCraft: Brood War is extensively popular in South Korea and has proved to be amongst the most successful eSports titles all over the world today. The game has its own ranking system and there are special television channels exclusively dedicated to covering this game. The World Championship series of StarCraft has gained recognition outside of the Asia and South Korea too. Go through the different betting markets in the eSports section of your favourite bookmaker and you’re most likely to find something on StarCraft for sure!