Esports is very much a modern phenomenon that has come to prominence in the last couple of years and coincides with the increase in the quality of technology available. As games consoles have evolved, so has the ability to play against other players from across the globe via a simple internet connection. On a wide scale, this then leads to players becoming extremely good at their craft, to which it was then thought ‘why can’t this be a genuine source of income for those players that have put the hours in. As interest developed over the years, online betting on Esports also became an option, showing how legitimate it now is as a competition.
Esports is the shortened term for the phrase Electronic Sports, which essentially means competitive video gaming at a high level. When many people think of video games they’ll often hark back to the days of the Sega Megadrive, Nintendo 64 or the Playstation One, however in the modern-day video gaming is much more advanced. Esports is different to standard video gaming as it is competitive in nature, with human players playing against each other in specific games.
Tournaments are often the format of Esports events, with many of the players often of professional status, but on some occasions, amateur gamers are also allowed to enter. As a professional sport, what the players usually compete for is a monetary prize and/or a trophy. One of the key aspects of Esports is that it is often played in front of a capacity crowd, with huge engagement with the spectators.
Professional players can make a great living for themselves through Esports. The money varies depending on the team and the number of victories, with millions of pounds in prize money available. The professionals at the top can often make hundreds of thousands per year, in addition to special sponsorship deals.
There is no better place to bet on Esports than here at LeoVegas. In order to do so, you can click the button below to take you directly to our Esports betting markets.
Once you are on our sportsbook, you can use the ‘Browse Sports’ button to select Esports and filter through the different betting options available. If you find an event to your liking, you can then look through the relevant markets to bet on such as Match Odds, Total Rounds, Round Handicap and Map Betting, depending on the game involved.
There is the option to change your preferred odds format to either Fractional, Decimal or American. Once you have chosen which bet you would like to place, simply click it and it’ll be added to your betslip. Then, enter the bet amount you would like to place and if you are sure, click the Place Bet button.
For those of you that aren’t Esports fans already, ‘LOL’ stands for the game League Of Legends in this context. It is by far one of the most popular games from an Esports point of view, and can take a lot of credit for the growth of the sport. As with most Esports games, it is played in a battle format, which pits two teams of five against one another until a winner is declared. There is plenty of strategy to it as well, as the team must work together to progress from their starting corner on the map to the opposite corner. In terms of the betting for League Of Legends, different events include the World Championships, European Masters and LJL, with individual betting markets of Match Odds and Map Handicap.
CS:GO stands for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As far as first-person shooter games go, the Counter-Strike series is the most popular in the Esports industry. Global Offensive sees teams play on opposite sides while looking to complete objectives and destroy the opposing team. In-game money is earned, which can then be spent on better weapons and equipment at the beginning of rounds. Each game lasts 30 rounds and the first team to win 16 of these rounds is declared the winner. Matches are often settled in a best of three or best of five format. Extra betting markets for CS:GO at LeoVegas include Correct Map Score, Map Betting and Total Kills.
Released in 2013, DOTA 2 is a very complex game that often has huge prize funds available to be won. It goes hand in hand then, that it is also one of the most played games worldwide, with around 9 million players as of December 2019. Similar to LOL it is a battle based strategy game, with two teams of five looking to destroy the enemy stronghold. As a map-based game, there is again the option to bet on Match Odds, Map Handicap and Total Maps.
Another first-person shooter game, Overwatch is very different from a graphics perspective due to the fact it is in more of an animated style. It is a 6v6 team game with a number of different playing modes such as Escort and Assault. With more than 20 different characters to choose from, costumes and victory poses can be bought as part of the game. You can bet on Overwatch via Match Odds or the Map Handicap, among others.
In terms of competitive sports games, FIFA is the main football game that is played. It’s a yearly game that surrounds the most popular sport on the planet. In terms of how to win, it’s a pretty simplistic format in the same way that a normal football match is. Score more goals than your opponent and you’ll win the game. This is very much the same for Pro Evolution Soccer matches too, which are also available via the football betting page. Popular markets include Full Time, Total Goals and Double Chance.
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