Esports are often confused with games. All eSports are games, but not all games are eSports. For example, a game that is not considered an eSport is playing FIFA with friends. Esports is when you, as a professional player, take part in competitions where you can potentially make money. The growth of eSports began in 1962 when the first video game was released. Are you curious? Then read on!
What is eSports?
As just mentioned, eSports is actually a professional game. These professional players participate in big events and competitions where they can earn money.
Over the years, eSports has become extremely popular. There are 190 million eSports fans around the world who look forward to participating in all these professional competitions. This is much, even more than hockey and American football. As the number of fans has grown significantly over the past year, eSports has also brought in a bit more revenue. In 2012, they generated $130 million in revenue and as much as $465 million due to the increase in the number of fans. The biggest games that are usually played are:
- League of Legends with 100 million monthly players
- Hearthstone with 70 million monthly players
- Overwatch with 25 million monthly players
- To bet on a game, you of course need a computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet or gaming console. Most games also require an internet
Is eSports a real sport?
Just like horse riding and horse betting, it is often debated whether gaming is a real sport. Is eSports really a sport? On the other hand, eSports have many similarities to real sports. Esports players train 8 hours a day and are in a house where they train together at the same time. They get support from coaches, nutritionists, etc. On the other hand, eSports players do not move and the basis of the sport is physical exercise.
Is eSports really healthy? All these E-class athletes stand still to avoid burning calories and the risk of vision impairment is very high.
The game is often perceived as “bad” and therefore parents wanted their children to play outside instead of playing. A recent study proves the opposite. Studies have shown that one hour of play a day is good for memory, strategic planning and fine motor skills. So it won’t hurt to play for an hour a day. Especially at a young age when fine motor skills still need to be developed. Obviously, eSports players play for more than an hour a day. Therefore, they closely monitor their health, exercise a lot and get enough sleep.
Strategy for betting on eSports
The question, of course, is always: what to look for when betting on eSports, for example? There may be people here who have no experience in betting on eSports or did not even know about their existence. This is understandable as it is not a standard sport for betting compared to, for example, Formula 1 betting.
Look at the statistics
- How many times did the team or player win?
- What is the form of eSports players?
- Stay up to date with the latest events
- Find out which players will be placed in a particular tournament
- Follow players on social media to keep an eye on them
How does eSports betting work?
Many bookmakers offer eSports betting. In particular, bet with ETH as well as bet with other cryptos has become popular recently. Do you have a regular bookmaker where you always bet? So check if your bookmaker also offers eSports betting. This may vary from bookmaker to bookmaker. When betting on eSports, never bet on more than 2 games at a time. This is because there is a small chance that you can predict more than 2 games. For unknown matches, competitions and preliminary tournament rounds, place bets in multiples of two. You make them with outsiders. Thus, the odds per game range from 1.50 to 3.00. The total shares on the multiplier are approximately 5.00.
The most common bets on eSports
Despite the fact that the number of eSports fans is growing over the years, the range of bets is small. In many bookmakers, you can only bet on the profit or loss of a team. You can also use additional bookmaker features and welcome bonuses when betting on esports. Live betting on esports is also not yet possible. As the popularity of eSports is growing more and more, we expect this to become possible soon.
Important matches for betting
There are many different types of international esports organizations that organize world esports championships. Let’s list the most popular ones for you:
World Electronic Sports Games
The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) is organized annually by Alisports. Alisports is the sports department of Alibaba Group. The rules used here are very similar to those of the Olympic Games. All teams must consist of players from the same country, and each country and region has its own qualifying players. The final always takes place in China. In 2018, the prize fund was a whopping $2 507 500.
The world of computer games
Every year, the World Computer Games (WESG) is also organized. It has been organized since 2000 and has similar rules to the Olympic Games. The World Cyber Games Finals do not take place every year in the same country as the World Electronic Sports Games. Each year the finals are held in a different country.