Betting on E-Sports31st Jan 2017 |
In the past few years, eSports have really come into their own as a global sport. Offering a highly spectator orientated setup, many eSports have become hugely popular thanks to the massive player and support base they have had. Growing in stature, there are more events popping up each year with bigger and better prizes being offered. If you are planning on betting on eSports, with any seriousness, then you will need to think about a few aspects. These are outlined in our guide below.
Types of Bets in eSports
As eSports have only recently come into the betting market, you will find that your betting options are more limited than those found for more traditional sporting events. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a good amount of choice. As you’d expect there are some obvious bets available such as picking the match or tournament winner. This is always a good bet in eSports as you can get some pretty decent odds on games whilst getting a feel for the way a team plays.
For each eSport there are also specialist bets. These vary between the games. Some of these bets can make things really interesting, and match-ups can become that much more exciting if you’ve got a really specific bet in play. Specialist bets can include things like first to 10 kills, or first blood where the team that gets the first kill would win you the bet. You can also get map winner bets, best of X number of rounds and even total maps won if you want some quick returns.
Where to Bet on eSports
When it comes to placing bets on an eSports event, there are a growing number of sports betting sites that cater to this. Some are the more traditional well-known brands and offer security, safety, decent odds and often top welcome bonuses. There are other sites springing up that cater only to eSports and will often have better, more competitive odds, offer live streaming of the games and more. However, if you’re choosing one of these sites, make sure that they are licensed so that you are secure in your gaming.
With eSports being such a new and unpredictable sport, betting on eSports events can be highly exciting and rewarding. As we’ve mentioned though, this is one of those areas where you really need to do your homework. Guesswork here could see you lose out big time. Follow the players, keep updated on the teams and even check out some of those specific eSports betting sites and see what the experts have to say on teams and the upcoming events.
One of the first things to think about when betting on eSports is the fact that there are a very large, incredibly diverse, number of games available. What we are saying here is that you will need to have a look at the different options. Choose one, or possibly two, of the different eSports and focus on them and the teams that play. You will not be able to make accurate judgments if you are juggling a number of different eSports. Here are the most popular eSports games.
Each of these games offers something completely unique in terms of the way they are played, and this translates across to the bets that you can make. For example, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter game. This directly contrasts to Starcraft, where the style of play is all about the individual player within the game. Each of these games will offer a variety of maps and this can also have a bearing on how the betting will pan out.
If you’re looking to place eSports bets there are lots of ways to get information before starting to make your bets. Teams have webpages, as do individual players – you can easily find them on social media. It’s also possible to watch replays, videos on demand (VODs) and live streams of many events to get a feel for the way an eSport works. Here’s a quick list of some of the aspects you should be paying constant attention to:
- Game updates
- Team rosters
- Game formats
It’s also a good idea to check out the top tournaments and events for the specific eSport you are following. Again, this will change depending on which eSport you are interested in. However, some of the biggest tournaments to look out for include the Fortnite World Cup with its massive $100 million prizes. The League of Legends World Championship is another highly anticipated event, with The International coming in a close third. It may be that your eSports choice will be based on the tournaments available at the time, so check the full eSports calendar.
Once you’ve chosen your eSport, it’s time to take a closer look at the different teams that play it. It’s important to note that some of the overarching teams actually have teams within their brand name that play different eSports, so make sure you’ve got the right information before placing a bet. Some teams are better at some games than others. Some of the current teams to look out for include:
- Astralis for CSGO,
- OG for DOTA 2
- G2 Esports who have a number of teams in various different games and events.
Similar to other sports betting, there are a lot of things you need to avoid when wagering on eSports. There are always teams that are popular in an event, receiving the majority of the bets. They will be major favourites in a match or tournament. On the other hand, there are also smaller teams that are trying to cause upsets and make a name for themselves. Unlike traditional sports, these teams can really be quite unpredictable, partly because eSports is evolving so rapidly with new games and features popping up regularly.
It also means that bookies are often a little more inexperienced in this area and don’t know how to make the odds quite as well as they would in a traditional game such as football. This can really help you as a new bettor, especially if you know what you are doing. But it can also make it hard to pick the winner if you get careless. With this in mind, it’s important to always be up-to-date with the teams, know the latest features and check out individual players.
What to Avoid in eSports Betting
There are also a few things you can avoid so that you can make use of the aforementioned positives. For example, in a “best of one match” wager, it actually will serve you well to avoid betting on the favourite. This may come as a surprise but best of one game is always highly unpredictable and bets can go wrong quickly. Even if they win, a heavy favourite isn’t going to return you much anyway. They could also be favourites simply because the other team is unknown, but that doesn’t mean it is bad…
Following on from this, we recommend steering well clear of lesser or unknown teams. If you don’t know the team, you can’t do proper research. Then, instead of a well thought out bet, you’re leaping off into the unknown with a wild guess. It’s best to wait a while and see how the team performs, let them get established and then start placing bets on them. If it’s simply a case of a lesser team, you’ll just be wasting your money betting on them if they are that much weaker than their opponents.