With increasingly sophisticated and fun games, fans of this type of entertainment on video consoles or PCs have begun to follow the best in the field, and although in Europe they are hardly known by most people, in countries like Japan or South Korea they are true idols among young people like football players are here.
The eSports games are followed by millions of people and given the sporting and competitive nature of eSports tournaments and events, they have become part of the betting options in any bookmaker.
In some ways they could be compared to chess, as there are many similarities and there are those who consider it a sport and those who do not.
Popular eSports formats
Combat: Combat eSports can be either fighting or shooting, although the latter are much more popular. Counter Strike is the title par excellence, the one with the most professional teams, the one with the most fans on social networks and video platforms and the one with the most presence in bookmakers. The Call of Duty saga and the popular Fornite also have a large number of fans around the world.
Strategy: Strategy is the most important and prestigious genre in eSports, games in which you compete against one or more opponents, usually in teams, and in which you have to think about everything, i.e. the qualities of the units chosen, their placement, how they will behave in confrontations with the opponent’s units, etc. Games such as DOTA and above all League of Legends are the most acclaimed among eSports strategy games.
Sport: Football plays a very important role among sports video games, with titles such as FIFA and ISS Pro Evolution in which thousands and thousands of matches are played every day all over the world. These are games that require great skill, a broad vision of the game and knowledge of both the characteristics of your own players and those of your opponent’s players. Other video games about the NHL or the NBA are also very successful, although not as successful.
Most popular eSports to bet on
League of Legend betting: The most popular eSport in the world. It is a “MOBA” (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), in which the player has to choose a character and form a team with 4 other players to try to beat the others. It has top level teams and players, including Samuel Fernández “Samux”, Enrique Cedeño “Xpeke”, Carlos Rodríguez “Ocelote”, Alfonso Aguirre “Mithy” and Jorge Casanovas “Werlyb” among others. You can bet on the winner, on games with or without handicap and on whether or not a certain number of kills will be exceeded.
Counter Strike Betting: Counter Strike Global Offensive is a game that has been positioning itself at the top of eSports with more success and in a similar way in the rest of the world to reach millions of followers and a large number of tournaments internationally. Among the best Spanish players are Christian García “Iowel” and Óscar Cañellas “Mixwell”. In this game, in addition to the winner, you can bet on the winner of each specific map with or without handicaps. It is also possible to bet on the total number of rounds played on a map.
Dota 2 betting: Defence of the Ancients 2 or DOTA 2, is one of those games that frequently surpasses one million players, being one of the most popular in the world, although in Spain it is still not very popular with the public. This game is famous for having the biggest international tournament in terms of prizes and some teams such as OG or Liquid are well known in the world of eSports. Now you can also place bets on Valorant.
StarCraft 2 betting: StarCraft 2 is a highly technical real-time strategy game that requires extensive knowledge of the game to play perfectly, which makes many fans turn to other titles such as League of Legends that are “easier”. South Korea is to the sport what the United States is to basketball. Nevertheless, StarCraft has been the most followed eSport in the world for years, but has now given way to others. The brothers Pedro and Juan Moreno “LucifroN” and “VortiX” have come a long way. Normally betting on this eSport consists of who will be the winner of the game, the winner of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd map and whether or not the 4.5 maps will be exceeded.
Bets that can be placed on DOTA 2 are on the winner of the match, which team will get the first kill, or which team will win the race at a certain number of kills.
Call of Duty betting: One of the best shooters of all time, the Call of Duty saga is a protagonist in the world of eSports, especially Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is a game that in addition to the success in multiplayer offers an offline campaign with a story that captivates the player, very well carried out. One of the most successful Call of Duty teams is Giants Gaming, made up of Spanish members such as Ángel Miranda “Envdian” and Jorge Bancells “MethodZ”. The most common bets in Call of Duty are on the winner of the game, the winner with different handicaps or the total number of casualties that will occur in the game.
Fifa betting: The quintessential sports game, this is a football simulator that sells millions of copies worldwide every year and has a very large following. By moving away from the usual line of strategy, maps and so on, and with the incentive of having as its theme the king of sports in our country, FIFA is one of the eSports that generates the most fans in Spain.
As it is a football game, bets can be as many as the operator wants to offer, with the most frequent being on the winner, winner with handicap, more than/less than goals or even on the exact score.
Overwatch betting: A game that would fit into both the MOBA and Shotter categories. For many fans it sees the best of League of Legends and the best of Counter Strike. It was released in mid-2016 in a year that saw it reach more than 25 million players. Players can play as tanks, DPS or support.
We have players of the stature of Jonathan Tejedor Rua “Harry Hook”, No. 1 in the world in 2016. Other outstanding Spaniards are Neptuno, Ejin, Solmyr, Jotum, Gavi or Endless.