Digitalisation in all areas of life, including sport. No wonder why eSports is becoming increasingly popular. In the past dismissed by many simply as gambling, a professional sports organisation has developed over time, and its impact is now becoming visible.
But what exactly is eSports, where can I watch it and how do I place eSports bets?
- The development of eSports in the course of time
- What are the most popular individual sports and where can I follow them?
- What is Twitch and how does it work?
- Which strategies can I use for eSports betting and how am I successful with them?
The most popular games and access to live events
Counter Strike has been the guiding light over the years.
Ever since the beginning of the development of eSports, CS has been an integral part of the market. With the first edition of Counter Strike: Global Offensive (2012), the first opportunities arose to place eSports bets on this game. But how does the ego-shooter work? At the beginning of the game, each team of 5 takes on a specific role, either that of the terrorists or that of the anti-terrorist unit. Depending on the game scenario, the teams have to perform different tasks during the course of the game, which the opposing team has to prevent. For the terrorists, the main objectives are usually to plant and defend a bomb. The anti-terror unit usually has to disarm it or free hostages. Gamers can buy credits in the form of weapons and ammunition with the virtual money they earn. A round is finished when the tasks have been completed, the time limit has been exceeded or the opposing team has been eliminated. In the ESL Pro League the best eSports teams meet each other. In two rounds, the best 16 teams in the regions Europe, America, Asia and Oceania will compete for the finals. A total prize money of € 5 million will be distributed. Anyone wishing to follow the EPL matches live will find what they are looking for on the Pro League website, Twitch and Youtube.
Dota 2 is the ultimate prize money generator.
One year after Counter Strike, the fantasy game was launched on the market and is therefore also one of the games that have become an integral part of the eSports world. Per team 5 gamers slip into the role of a hero. There are a total of 131 characters to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This allows a player to get a better starting position at the beginning of the game by a so-called counter-pick (selection of a hero who has an advantage over the opposing champion due to his abilities). On 3 different lanes, players must destroy the Ancient (main building) of the opposing team without losing their own. On the way there, defensive towers and computer-controlled enemy units make it difficult to advance. However, these can be destroyed to generate additional gold and gain extra benefits from items. In the professional sector, over 200 million US dollars in prize money has already been paid out in Dota 2 – no other game has ever paid out larger sums of money. The best in the world compete in the Dota Pro Circuit, which can be followed via several streams (Twitch, Join Dota, EGB).
League of Legends has the strongest community.
Since 2009, people around the globe have been enjoying the fantasy game. Meanwhile, more than 100 million players per month go on the hunt for the enemy nexus (main building). The game is similar to the multiplayer Dota 2, but at the beginning the players are spoilt for choice and can choose from almost 150 heroes with whom they want to play the game. 5 champions per team go to the battlefield and try to collect more gold than the opponent by killing the monsters (computer-controlled units). This can be invested in items and equipment for your own hero to gain an advantage over the opponent. For the professionals, the main focus is on the World Championships at the end of the year, for which a total of 24 teams from different regions around the globe qualify. To qualify for the starting competition, qualification points will be collected in the Spring and Summer Split within one year. All events can be followed via the Twitch, LOL eSports and League of Legends Streams websites.
FIFA is the realistic football simulation.
Over several generations, the game series has made a name for itself off the real football pitch. FIFA can be played by just about anyone without much previous knowledge. In a direct duel, two players compete against each other, who can each choose one team.
Afterwards the formation, tactics and formation can be changed to react to enemy weaknesses and to gain advantages. Usually a game lasts 2×6 minutes. The current games of professionals or celebrities can be watched on Youtube. Alternatively, on Twitch some players offer an insight into the everyday training of a professional e-sportsman.
What is Twitch and what possibilities does it offer?
As already mentioned, almost all individual sports can be followed via Twitch. For the gamer scene, the platform is an essential streaming portal, which makes it possible to make one’s own game visible to the public on the Internet. But not only individual players use Twitch, the organizers of major events also broadcast their events via the platform and achieve enormous coverage. The perfect opportunity to follow their eSports bets live. The functionality of the platform is kept simple to give many people the opportunity to stream their own games. All you need is your own user account to open a channel. Via a corresponding streaming application on the PC (Twitch Studio, OBS Project or Streamlabs OBS), the gameplay is transferred to the channel. No additional software is required for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles, as this is already integrated. On the Twitch website, popular channels from well-known streamers or organisations can be selected in the first slider. Once opened, this slider moves to the left and is still available as a sidebar during a running stream. The second slider offers different categories. These include the currently most popular games (including League of Legends, Call of Duty, FIFA, Dota 2) with the most viewers. In the channels, viewers can use the livestream to exchange comments in separate chats and thus react to what is happening. Here you can often find useful information that everyone can use to select their eSports bets.
Tips and strategies for eSports betting
As with all sports, it is important to gain an information advantage. First of all, everyone should take the time to get to know the individual games and understand the principle. After all, without the necessary understanding of the game, even the best information will not help. The focus should be on the games that are also offered by betting providers like Betago. If the necessary time is available, it is worthwhile to get familiar with each game. On the other hand, good winnings can also be made by specialising in a single individual sport. If the focus is on League of Legends, there are other tips that can help you get above average results in eSports betting. First of all, you should pay attention to whether the team is competing with the usual line-up. If a player is absent due to illness or private reasons, for example, this will change the entire team’s behavior. The core formation trains several hours a day with each other and a change in the roster will strongly disrupt the actual process. This also applies to other games that are played in teams. Often the roster has the disadvantage, which does not play in the original formation. Also the versatility of the players should be taken into account. Who uses only a few heroes for his performances and who shows a great deal of variety? This information is especially helpful in eSports live betting, as after the pick and ban phase (certain heroes are taken out of the game before the game and are no longer available for selection) individual players have an advantage. The same applies to the selection of the site. Due to camera settings and the distribution of Baron and Dragon (monsters in the game that give advantages after eliminating a team), the blue side is currently considered more successful. This can give an enormous advantage when selecting the winner of individual cards.
When individual players clash, as is the case with FIFA for example, the eye is mostly on the line-up and the current form. If two players meet in an offensive formation, eSports bets on a goal-laden showdown are worthwhile. At the same time, players who have played many matches in a short period of time may be overplayed (by playing too many matches in a short period of time, concentration decreases, resulting in advantages for the opponent), so that bets on the team should be avoided.
You should also keep an eye on your opponents‘ social media channels, as they provide important insights into daily training.
In general, the following applies to each individual sport: The more games of individual players or teams are watched, the greater the information advantage.