All You Need to Know About E-Sports
At some stage in your life, we’re pretty sure that you let yourself get lost in a video game right? Right. It can get pretty addicting to say the least and things are bound to get competitive if you’re playing against someone else. Now some people play video games on a professional level and enter tournaments and competitions with the aim of winning big cash. E-sports? Well that involves you betting on which one of these professional video gamers is going to win. Kind of like betting on sports, but instead you’re betting on professional gamers. Have we got your attention yet?
We can definitely see the attraction of all of this. In one year alone, around 205 million people play e-sports, and some of these gamers have been doing so for basically all their life, so we can definitely see why people would want to place their money on them.
Placing your bet on an e-sports event is identical to placing a bet on a sports event; just select your stake and make your bet in the same way you would on any other sport event. The only real difference between Sports Betting and E-sports Betting is that one is often a physical contest between two teams or individuals, and the other is individuals or teams competing against each other through a video game.
Type of E-Sports
1. Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Games
These strategy based games involve two teams battling it out against each other. The aim of the game? Usually it involves either killing all of their virtual opponents or destroying their opponent’s base. Each individual controls their virtual character and they have to work within their team in order to meet the objective. Games in this category include: League of Legends, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.
2. First Person Shooter Games
Probably the most popular type of e-sports to bet on, especially since it based on the skill of one person alone against another. The players will view the game from the perspective of the virtual character which they control and usually have specific objectives which they have to complete in order to meet the game’s aim. Games in this section include: Counter-Strike: Global Offesnive, Call of Duty and Doom.
3. Combat Games
In these kind of games, a character combats on a one vs one basis where each player controls their own character. The fights are usually split in a number of timed rounds with a main goal of inflicting as much damage on your opponent as you possibly can. Apart from being entertaining to watch, combat games are great to bet on because just like first shooter games, they rely on the skill of one person against the other.
4. Real Time Strategy Games
The aim of the game here is to destroy your team of opponents as quickly as possible while still defending your own base. How will players reach this aim? Through a combination of resource management and combat ofcourse! Games in this section include StarCraft 2, Company of Heroes and Stronghold.
Have you ever watched a friend play and next thing you know, you’re as invested in the game as the person playing? Now imagine a live audience watching an e-sports competition, it can get intense real fast. Now obviously, where there are big crowds and big competitions involved, large amounts of cash follow. In fact, companies soon realised that they could make big cash by sponsoring these events and even players. In 2016, the first ever 24 hour TV channel dedicated to streaming E-Sports gaming tournaments and events was launched in the UK.
The winner of these tournaments and competitions could win up to 100 million in cash, which also means that betting odds and stakes can get pretty high for this highly competitive industry. Some huge tournaments include: Call of Duty World League Championship, Major League Gaming Pro Circuit and Evolution Championship Series.
Placing your Bets
First of all, if you’re betting on E-sports, make sure to do your homework. Everyone can play, but it takes a certain amount of skill to reach a professional level. Around the world, you will find establishments that house teenagers while they work on what they do best: play. They practice and practice while in house cleaners and cooks provide them with everything they need so they can focus on what really matters: increasing their skill to the extent that people will want to bet on them.
When placing your bet, you can place a straight bet, which allows you to predict the winner of the match or whether it is going to be a draw. You can have an outright winner bet, where you choose who the winner of the match is going to be before the game and you have to wait till the end to see whether you won or not. Lastly, you can take part in live betting, where you can see the odds in real time while the game is ongoing and you can change your bets according to who you think will be winning throughout the competition.
Choose your players well and you might be in for some big cash. That’s one of E-sports’ many promises. Most websites offer odds in decimal format; it’s the easiest way to know how much you’re properly going to bet. The lower the decimal number, the higher the probability that the team will win. The higher the decimal format, the lower the probability that the team will win. It’s as simple as that.
If you’re not already investing in the world of e-sports, boy are you missing out! Apart from being highly entertaining within itself, it is also worth your money. Maybe it is not as popular as sports betting right now, but with younger generations growing up and coming into their own, we predict that the e-sports scene is going to blow up pretty soon and everyone who is anyone will want to have a piece of that cake. If you’re a serious gamer, you don’t want to miss out on this.