The sporting landscape, as we know it, is evolving, changing and shifting before our very eyes. Last week West Ham signed their very first ever professional video games competitor. Sean Allen, known better by his gaming name ‘Dragonn’ will represent the Hammers every time he plays in a FIFA online tournament.
Meanwhile, a stadium in Toronto was packed out watching people play in the League Of Legends Summer Split playoffs. E-Sports started off quite niché but have rapidly become a growing industry in which thousands of fans will watch others play their favourite video games, either online or in person. Never ones to be left behind, many of the biggest sports betting brands have been getting in on the action.
There a number of markets open for the League of Legends 2016 International Wildcard Qualifier available on the Betway website, in fact League Of Legends is currently the headliner of Betway’s e-sports betting page. Furthermore they also have a continuous blog that keeps fans up to date with F’natic’s latest roster which is compared to 17th century Sweden.
Bet365 are also heavily involved with the world of sports betting and they are constantly increasing their selection of markets for e-sports. The currently open markets include Call Of Duty, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League Of Legends and StarCraft II. That is a very impressive range of markets open for a rapidly growing industry.
There is also an impressive range of betting options available on SkyBet for e-sports but at times the page can be pulled down if there aren’t currently any tournaments in play. SkyBet may have fewer markets available compared to some of the other sites, but that is to be expected in the early days of a blossoming industry.
Unikrn are currently the specialists of the industry and always have the wider selection of events on offer to their members usually with multiple markets available. Counter-Strike: global Offensive is currently the top offering on their site with the World Cyber Arena and the Champions League among the markets that can be bet on, while Dota 2 and League Of Legends also have a strong showing.