The traditional sports world may be on hiatus, however, eSports is taking center stage. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about jumping into the eSports betting world.
Let’s take a closer look at how eSports Betting is Taking Over
Esports are video games that are played competitively and offer a wide variety of ways for you to enjoy some fun-filled entertainment, competition, and betting opportunities.
According to estimates, global eSports market revenue will reach a mind-boggling 1.79 billion U.S. dollars in 2022. Just three years ago, in 2017, worldwide revenues generated approximately 655 million U.S. dollars.
From longtime esports stalwarts like League of Legends or Counter-Strike Global or newer releases like Fortnite or Overwatch, there is literally something to tickle the fancy of deflated, thrill-seeking sports lovers everywhere.
Now, let’s find out where we can turn while we’re missing our beloved real-life sports.
If You’re Missing College, XFL and NFL Football
If you’re missing American Football, you can always turn to one of the beloved esports games there is – League of Legends. Created back in 2009 by Riot Games, League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena themed video game that is so popular that over 100 million viewers tuned in for the 2019 World Championship final between China’s FunPlus Phoenix and Europe’s G2 Esports.
Like American football, League of Legends has a singular goal in mind – to take over your opponents’ territory. Two teams made up of five players each wage battle to destroy the other team’s base. Again, like its real-life comparison here, League of Legends incorporates coaching, team chemistry, and well put together game plans.
Team to Watch -FunPlus Phoenix
Only two years old, FunPlus won the 2019 League of Legends World Championships while completely dominating their opponents in a variety of fashions.
Player to Watch – Uzi (LPL – Royal Never Give Up)
Uzi is a player that has combined intelligent positioning and pinpoint accuracy to become one of the top three League of Legends players in the world today. Widely recognized as the best AD carry in the world, Uzi is a must-see player for all League of Legends enthusiasts.
If You’re Missing Basketball
If you’re a roundball lover that is in agony over the lack of college and NBA hoops, then take comfort in the fact that you can always turn to an exciting esports classic like Counter-Strike Global.
This genuinely global action-packed title was created in 2012 and is a multi-player first person that will keep you on your toes or at the edge of your seat if your viewing. Two teams of five square off in a series of 30 rounds, with the first team achieving 16 victories, declared the winner. The crew on offense tries to detonate a bomb, while the team on defense tries to stop them.
Team To Watch – Natus Vincere
Natus Vincere is the top-ranked CS-Go team in the world today. This team won the coveted IEM Katowice 2020 while overcoming a big dip in their play for three months last summer and again in November before getting it together to reach their peak performance right now.
Player To Watch – Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
The 19-year-old French professional plays for Team Vitality and is considered to be the best Counter-Strike player in the world, just ahead of Ukrainian counterpart s1mple. In 2017, he was invited to play in the FPL Circuit at age 16. A year later, he helped French outfit aAa win a domestic title at ESL National Championship Summer 2018. ZywOo finally went pro in October 2018 and signed on with French club Vitality for its inaugural foray into CS:GO. In his first event, Vitality won DreamHack Open Atlanta.
ZywOo went pro in October 2018 and immediately took Vitality to brand new heights in its inaugural season into CS:GO. Along the way, ZywOo earned the top rating on his team in all but one of their 12 competitions while earning MVP honors five times.
If You’re Missing Soccer
If you’re missing the non-stop action of professional soccer, then there’s no better esports game than Rocket League. This soccer-themed game features players using vehicles that can fly! Not only is Rocket League one of the fastest-growing esports today, as it averages a whopping 100,000 viewers per match on twitch. Not only is this a great game for viewers and esports betting buffs, but it’s also simple to learn how to play and full of non-stop action whether you’re playing one on one or as a team in either 2-on-2 or three versus three modes.
Team To Watch – G2 Esports
This Spanish professional esports organization was founded in 2013 and is currently located in Berlin. The top-ranked Rocket League team in the world today features a trio of elite players including Rizzo, (Dillon Rizzo), Jknaps (Jacob Knapman), Chicago (Reed Wilen) and manager/coach Jahzo (Jacob Suda).
Player To Watch – Jstn
17-year-old American, Justin Morales is a must-see player if you’re looking for some of the very best players that Rocket League has to offer. Since May of 2019, Jstn has won a pair of North American regular-season MVPs, two Golden Striker awards, and a savior of the Season award, among others. Oh, did I forget to mention he’s won approximately $182, 164 in his career?
Missing Hockey Canadian
If you’re missing hockey, then you’ll be pleased to know that Overwatch’s lead game designer, Jeff Kaplan, is a huge hockey fan. Like its real-life counterpart, Overwatch offers both players and viewers some explosive action and absolutely thrilling overtime play that will have you completely captivated in no time at all.
This team-based multiplayer first-person shooter was released in 2014 and has now become one of the fastest rising games in the esports universe. The Overwatch League (OWL) is unique in that it follows the model of other traditional North American professional sporting leagues by using a set of permanent, city-based teams backed by separate ownership groups. The 20-team league features team from Paris to China and stateside in the U.S. The Overwatch League also plays a regular season and playoff format, unlike other esports teams and leagues.
Team To Watch – San Francisco Shock
Competing in the league’s Pacific Division, the Shock is currently the defending champions. The team is owned by Andy Miller, co-owner of the Sacramento Kings and NRG Esports.
Player To Watch – Park “Profit” Joon-Yeong
Most Overwatch analysts agree that 20-year-old Korean Park “Profit” Joon-Yeong is the best Overwatch player in the world today. The Seoul Dynasty leader in the Overwatch League previously played for GC Busan where he won OGN’s APEX Season 4 was named the APEX Finals most valuable player.
If You’re Missing Baseball
If you’re a baseball fan that is agonizing over the start of the 2020 MLB regular season being pushed back. Then you can always turn to an esports classic like Dota2. This multiplayer online battle arena game is played in matches between two teams of five players, with each team occupying and defending their own separate base on the game’s map. This iconic global classic’s recent international championship had a prize pool of $34 million for its two-week tournament.
Team To Watch – Team Secret
After Natus Vincere and Fnatic both struggled at The International 2014, two key members of the two organizations, Kuroky and N0tail, respectively, came up with the idea for a team that was not tied to any esports organization. Kuroky brought on his friend and teammate on Na’Vi, Puppey. In contrast, N0tail brought on his friend and teammate, Fly, the quartet rounded out their roster with Alliance midlaner s4.
Player To Watch – Clement “Puppey” Ivanov – Team Secret
Puppey has been one of the world’s best Dota 2 players since 2007 dating back to the original Dota. This world-class superstar has played in every International tournament and is one of the most decorated players in the history of Dota 2.