Betting By Esport

The competitive gaming industry is primarily driven by four of its major cornerstones: video game publishers, leagues that drive each title’s popularity, international “major” events with grand prize pools, and the teams that compete to win.

In 2015, Pinnacle’s 7th-leading market was esports. This places competitive gaming ahead of golf and rugby in betting popularity. Occasional viewers and esports enthusiasts are both highly interested in betting because there are new aspects to the betting systems that traditional sports lack.

Whether you’re looking for cash games or interested in wagering in-game items, esports betting sites have something to get you involved.

Which esports are most frequently bet on?

Here’s a brief description of the most popular esports, with links to find out more information on each game:

CS:GO – Short for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, CS:GO is the leading first-person shooter in contemporary esports and has been for some time. Terrorists face counter-terrorists as bombs are armed and disarmed by each respective side.

Dota 2 – The successor to the original MOBA, Defense of the Ancients. Two teams of five players defend three routes into their base while trying to conquer the opposition’s territory. Each character has a unique ability set to help their team succeed.

Hearthstone – This is the leading card-based esport. Developed by Blizzard, the makers of World of Warcraft, Hearthstone features 9 classes of heroes. Each has its own set of cards with thematic win-conditions. Card sets are continually expanded to allow for greater strategic variance than traditional card games.

League of Legends – An instant-classic and the leader of the MOBA genre. Two teams of five players defend three routes into their base while trying to conquer the opposition’s territory. Each character has a unique ability set to help their team succeed.

Overwatch – Overwatch is also a Blizzard title (makers of Hearthstone and WoW). Though built as a first-person shooter, Overwatch includes many MOBA aspects and is building an esports following that is expected to rival that of CS:GO within the next 1-2 years. Its future is bright.

SMITE – SMITE is conceptually similar to Dota 2 and League of Legends, however, its claim to fame is its innovative camera angle. Players are placed deep within the action by watching from directly behind their character instead of the traditional bird’s-eye viewpoint.

Starcraft 2 – SC2 is the leading 1-versus-1 real-time strategy title. Players choose 1 of 3 factions to take control of the playing map. Many consider Starcraft 2 among the most mechanically intensive esports available.

Vainglory – Vainglory is the newest MOBA to garner a vast following, and did so by becoming the first competitive mobile MOBA. Tablets are used to play Vainglory at the highest level, and the character mechanics are simplified compared to other MOBA esports.