The popularity of professional esports is incredible, with competitions taking place worldwide, bringing together the best players on the standout games. The prize money up for grabs to the winners is staggering, and as more people begin to show an interest, the advertising cash continues to increase in line with the prize pot. The chance to make a full time living from playing esports has convinced many to give up their day jobs and pursue the dream.
With more professional players joining the fold, millions of more fans watching the top esports games on TV and through live streams, it’s little surprise to learn the leading betting apps are showing an interest. The top sportsbooks want in on the action and are willing to offer lovers of esports the opportunity to bet on their favourite players, teams and games.
In this article, we explain the reasons behind the sudden surge in esports betting numbers, as well as advice on how you can place bets and watch the play live on your smartphone.
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What’s the story?
Why the sudden rise in esports betting from major online bookmakers? There are a few reasons but the first one to note is that esports betting hasn’t been an overnight sensation or something the bookies have done as a reaction to increased interest. This trend was anticipated and even encouraged by the leading bookies years ago. The smart minds of the marketing teams noticed esports were evolving and had the potential to be huge, just as huge as the potential profits involved in it for them.
The esports betting tab has been on apps for many years. It started tucked away near the bottom of the sports navigation bar then slowly crept up the list. It’s now one of the major attractions and features alongside the likes of football, horse racing, greyhounds, tennis and boxing. Some apps even give members a free bet when they first gamble on esports.
The foundations were always there, but the industry needed the right time to launch esports betting to mainstream gamblers. In the early part of 2020, most sports competitions were postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdowns in major countries.
With nothing to bet on and millions of us stuck at home, attention turned to esports, which was now being pushed hard by the bookies in an attempt to fill the gap and keep the profits rolling in. It caught on with bettors of traditional sports giving esports a try. With many players and competitions taking place online, there was no need for the competitors to leave their houses. They could be locked down like the rest of us but still compete. Many gamblers gave it a try and stuck with esports when the likes of football and boxing returned.
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What does the future hold?
Now the hard work has been done to get esports the attention it deserves, what does the future hold? Esports has become a common feature on betting apps and websites. It would be noticeable to most if it were to be removed from the sports navigation bar. That’s how popular it has become. This interest is showing no signs of slowing down either.
Sportsbooks are offering more promotions on esports events. These include deposit matched bets for new customers, enhanced odds, cashback and profit boosts. Click the promotions tab of your favourite betting app to list what’s currently available to you fully.
In reaction to the increased number of bets placed on esports, traders have ramped up their coverage. Many exciting markets are available on fixtures and competitions, including the winner, game one winner, and game two winner. You can bet before the start of play or at any time during thanks to in-game betting. All this can be done by downloading a reliable sport betting app to your smartphone.
Some of the titles you can bet on today include CS: GO and Dota 2. After placing a bet, you can often watch the play on your app or desktop computer through a reliable and HD quality live stream with expert commentary, stats and in-play betting odds.