eSports is a mode of sports competition that involves the use of videogames. These events have long been a reserve for geeks and games-addicted teenagers. It was an area that some of the most established betting sites in the world either feared to advance or proceeded with a lot of caution. Nevertheless, even before the world came under the grip of COVID-19, this market was already picking up its pace contrary to what most people believe. Events like the ESL (Electronic Sports League) have been selling out in the past few years.
With the coronavirus hovering around people’s lives, e-sports events have even attracted more attention from the online community and the bulk of these are gamblers. Games, betting offers and betting guides now have to be produced with the needs of e-sports fans in mind. New games are flooding the e-sport scene and one may be left wondering which ones have the best odds. However, some have stood the test of time and these include Call of Duty, Dota 2, PUBG, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft among others.
This trend is eliciting reactions not only from game designers and gamblers but also from betting sites. One is spoilt for choice once the words “esports” and “betting sites” are put together on any browser’s search engine. So, where do you bet on esports? Again, just like the games, certain bookmakers stand out head and shoulder high over the competition. To begin with, William Hill has been in operation since 1934 and it, therefore, goes without saying that all that experience has to account for something when it comes to dealing with gamblers. A welcome bonus of £30 for any £10 placed awaits all new clients. There is also Unibet, which boasts of a cashback bonus. It has been around since 1997. Betway is another top site for anyone considering e-sports betting. A bonus of 100% is available on first bets up to £30.
Although the sites discussed above are the best in this industry, they are not the only ones. Sky Bet is giving away £30 for every £5 placed. It contains some of the best markets including Map Handicap Betting, Match Winner and Map Pistol Round Winner. When it comes to betting odds, few bookmakers can compete with Paddy Power. Every new customer is also offered a chance to wager £30 risk-free. Another site that gamblers can turn to is Grosvenor. It has good markets and odds as well. The odds given for First to 5 Rounds in Envyus v Quantum are a good example. Envyus is placed at 3/5 while Quantum Bellator stands at 6/5.
To be effective in this market, one needs to equip themselves with a lot of knowledge. There are certain terms that everyone in the industry is expected to know if at all they are to stand a fighting chance. Most people especially tend to confuse between Point Handicap and Maps Handicap. With the former, before the match starts, the bookmaker gives one side a theoretical handicap of points. In simpler words, one wagers on their favorite and states the margin they expect them to win by. It makes the odds even for both parties. In maps handicap, on the other hand, the bookmaker applies the handicap of points at a certain stage during the match.
Newzoo, an institution specializing in esports and games statistics published a report mid-2019 stating that the number of esports participants will rise to 645 million by the end of 2020. By this time, it was expected that the revenue would have grown to £2.57 billion. With the advent of coronavirus, nobody knows whether these figures will live to see the day or whether better ones will choke them out. Some experts even believe that at some point, this industry will garner more profits than the movie industry. This is because the young gamblers and gamers in the world are adopting entertainment in digital form. As of today, the esports market is placed on top of the UK music markets showing that it has the potential of beating the movie industry too.
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