The rapid growth of the esports betting scene is unfathomable, as the virtual world in online wagering is netting billions in revenue annually.
While it isn’t as prominent as the sports betting scene, the esports industry has grown to new heights over the past decade, and it has already established itself as a significant player within the betting markets in such a short time.
Esports has grown at an exceptional rate with its assistance from the competitive esports scene, and as the analytics predict, it’s just the beginning.
A consistently rising popularity in esports is partly because the competitive esports scene will add a new game every year. And these new additions usually catch the interest of gamers and bettors almost instantly.
With more than a dozen esports games that deliver a competitive scene alongside a thriving online betting market, it’s sometimes tricky for newcomers to decide which games are worth wagering on. Fear not, as we’ve listed a small guide below on the most valuable esports competitions to bet on.
Betting on CS:GO
Counter-Striker: Global Offensive, referred to by fans by its acronym “CS:GO”, has long been the most popular first-person shooter in the gaming world. It’s also among the most wagered-on esports titles in the betting stratosphere.
Due to its fast pace, elite levels of skill, and edge-of-your-seat moments, CS:GO is highly entertaining to watch and therefore translates into an ideal game to bet on.
Most popular sportsbooks, including BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, and Bet365, will supply odds and various markets on CS:GO. And perhaps the essential factor to betting on CS:GO is that it’s simple to follow and understand.
Betting on League of Legends
From an FPS (first-person shooter) to MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), although LoL (League of Legends) is a different genre to CS:GO, its popularity positions it as one of the most-played online games in the world.
First released in 2009 by Riot Games, LoL has evolved into a global phenomenon attached to a highly-skilled esports scene throughout the globe, whether it’s South America, Asia, Europe, or the United States, LoL players can be found almost anywhere on the planet.
With more than 150 million active players, it’s no surprise that LoL has been extremely popular in the esports betting scene and will likely remain one of the most popular games among esports bettors.
Betting on FIFA
The term ‘esports’ sometimes doesn’t sit well with sports fans when they cannot find an actual sport in the virtual world—instep EA Sports FIFA franchise.
While FIFA isn’t comparable to CS:GO and LoL when global esports popularity is concerned, it’s one of the oldest games in our list and one of the most wagered-on sports simulations in the online esports betting scene.
FIFA stands out from most esports competitions because it’s the same as betting on a real-life soccer game. The games are virtual, and they don’t last 90 minutes, but aside from that, there’s not much difference from betting on an actual soccer match.
For bettors with minimal experience in esports betting, FIFA is potentially the best game for those who’re used to traditional sports betting.
Betting on DOTA 2
With many comparisons to League of Legends, DOTA 2 belongs to the same genre (MOBA) as LoL, and it plays out similarly. If you’ve mastered the art of wagering on LoL, then DOTA 2 will be a simple transition.
It’s not quite as popular as LoL when comparing viewership or player databases, but it’s still one of the top-three esports games, slightly behind LoL and CS:GO.