With major sports on hold until further notice, eSports is filling the void for both entertainment and betting. SportBet.com has daily and live in-play odds for every top eSports league, including NBA2K and NHL17 sims. Keep reading to get up to speed on the top eSports leagues you need to know about before you bet.
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
One of the most popular eSports games in the world, Counter-Strike leagues exist in North America, Europe, and Asia. The game is straightforward. One team tries to detonate a bomb. The other tries to stop it.
But in each team’s quest to reach their goal, numerous things can happen. That’s where the excitement comes into play. From a betting standpoint, few teams in any sport, e or otherwise, can help you cash as many wagers as Astralis. From Denmark, Astralis has won 3 straight CS:GO World Championships.
League of Legends
100 million viewers watched the 2019 League of Legends World Championships Final between China League FunPlus Phoenix and European League’s G2 eSport. That tells us how popular League of Legends is.
Like Counter-Strike, the goal in League of Legends is straightforward. Two teams made up of 5 players battle in a war to destroy the other team’s base. The key to winning at LoL s is for teams to work well together. Each player on each team has a specific duty. If teams aren’t cohesive, sort like an NFL squad, it doesn’t matter how great each individual player is.
When it comes to making wagers, the top league to bet is South Korea’s. Gen.G., SK Telecom T1, Dragon X, and KT Rolster routinely show up in Top 10 League of Legends lists. Even less successful squads like Damwon and Sandbox can hang with the best in Europe and China.
Dota 2 is similar to League of Legends. But while League of Legends is about destroying the other team’s base, Dota 2 is about destroying a large structure known as the Ancient. Dota 2 isn’t as popular, there aren’t as many eSports leagues, as either League of Legends or Counter-Strike. If you’re looking for daily eSports to bet, you’ll find more matches for LoL and CS:GO, then you will for Dota 2.
But one thing Dota 2 has over the other eSports, is the backing of some deep-pocket investors. The International, played in August, is a tournament for $2 million. Check that out for sure.
Overwatch has the United States’ fastest-growing eSports league. The game has been popular for years. Whether you own a Nintendo Switch, PS4, or X-Box, you can play online with other Overwatch aficionados.
From a betting perspective, the most enormous strides of any eSports league will happen with Overwatch. The reason? Teams are based in the U.S. and Canada. Professional sports owners have stakes in Overwatch League squads. Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, has a stake in Boston Uprising, as an example.
They play matches on Saturday and Sunday most weeks. Make sure to check the sportsbook for Overwatch League odds.