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Betting on e-Sports: What you Need to Know?

Competitive gaming (or eSports) has become a lot more popular nowadays. Some professional gamers have become household names, and eSports tournaments get millions of views. Naturally, this popularity has piqued the interest of sportsbooks. It is now possible to place wagers on competitive video game tournaments, with plenty of bookies offering excellent odds and bonuses for eSports bettors. 

However, if you are going to be betting on eSports, there are some things that you should know. In this article, we will attempt to go over the most popular games, the best betting shops, and anything else that you might need to know, if you are going to start betting on eSports. Without further ado, let us delve into the nitty gritty.

Betting Sites

The first thing you need to do is find the right betting site. In order to make sure that the sportsbook is right for you, it needs to tick two major boxes: have a license and offer odds on eSports. For the unfamiliar, a license simply means that the bookie is safe and secure. Licenses are issued by organizations whose main goal it is to ensure that a bookie is safe, reliable, and offers fair odds. So, if a sportsbook is licensed, then it likely checks all the right boxes.

The other thing is that the bookie needs to offer odds on eSports. Luckily, in 2024, eSports have soared in popularity, so finding a site that covers them shouldn’t be too hard. eSports have become among the top most popular non-sport betting options, along with WWE betting and online casinos. 

Popular Games

If you are new to eSports, you might need to know what to most popular games are, before you start betting. Luckily, most gamers are deeply involved with the industry, and already have an understanding of what the top titles are. However, in case you are unfamiliar, the following are the top three most popular games in eSports right now.

  • League of Legends: possibly the most popular co-op game right now, League of Legends is a MOBA that sees heavy play at eSport tournaments. The game has only grown in popularity with the release of Arcane, an animated adaptation of one of the main champions’ stories. 
  • DOTA 2: When Warcraft III: Frozen Throne first released, the DOTA mod was one of the most popular in the world. Soon, Blizzard created a sequel, which has now become one of the biggest MOBA games of all time.
  • Fortnite: Unsurprisingly, Fortnite deserves a spot on the list. The arena shooter has won the hearts of the next generation of gamers, and is currently one of the most popular games in the world. 

Understand the Odds

Finally, if you are going to be placing bets, you need to understand the odds. Most bookies rely on one of three different ways to present odds: decimal, fractional, and moneyline. The three all rely on different ways to measure percentages, and chances of victory, so you really should do some research before placing a wager.