Electronic sports, better known as eSports, have become one of the most popular sports betting markets in 2020, especially now with the temporary pause in live action sports events. Today, thousands of punters all around the globe tune in to watch live matches being played and bet on the results. If you are thinking of getting into eSports betting, here is a list of the most popular eSports.
League of Legends (LoL)
Released in 2009 by Riot Games, League of Legends is one of the largest and most popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games in the world. In this game, two teams of five players go head-to-head controlling “Champions” with the goal of destroying their opponents base (Nexus). The game is played over several battlefields with each player collecting experiences and resources along the way.
Developed and released by Valve Corporation in 2000, Counter Strike is a First Person Shooter (FPS) game that has taken the world by storm. In this game, teams are assigned as terrorists or counter-terrorists with the aim of taking control of an area known as a map. There are different scenarios and objectives within each map with most scenarios having the counter-terrorists rescue hostages while the terrorists aim to plant a bomb in a specific area.
Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2) was released by Valve Corporation in 2013. As with LoL, it is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game that has gained worldwide fame in eSports. In DOTA 2, two teams of five players compete on a single map. The teams are split into the Dire and Radiant with each player choosing a “hero” from a list of 115 different characters. The aim is to destroy the opposing team’s base (Ancient) that has been fortified with defences.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is one of the newest games in eSports. It was developed and released by PUBG Corporation in 2017 and is regarded as one of the best Battle Royal games out there. In PUBG, a player can fight alone or in a team of up to 4 players. Players dive out of a plane and land of 1 of 3 maps. The aim is to be the last man standing, destroying opponents as the map slowly decreases in size. If played in single-player mode, the player is joined by 99 others with the last man standing winning the game.
Fortnite is another newcomer to eSports having released in 2017 by Epic Games. Much like PUBG, this is a Battle Royal where the aim is to be the last man standing. In Fortnite players are thrust in an apocalyptic world where most the population has disappeared. The aim is to complete a set of tasks which include eliminating zombies (husks), collecting resources, and rebuilding parts of the Fortnite civilization. The player who outlasts all the others is declared the winner. This game can be played in single, or multiplayer mode.