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The 5 Best Esports to Bet On

Esports is a growing industry and surprisingly, it’s taken many people by storm in the span of a few months. Only a few years ago, esports was being laughed at and now, it’s the fastest growing entertainment industry right now.

More people tuned in to watch esports than the NBA, NHL, and MLB and soon, esports is going to overtake the NFL viewership stats. There’s no doubting it. Esports is going to become the next big thing. From a betting standpoint, this can be the next gold rush and if you’re not ready for it, you might just miss out on the millions.

But with so many esports out there to bet on, it can be hard to find the perfect esport for you. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of the best esports to bet on. Some of these are veteran games that have been around for years and others are just now making their way into the scene. Either way, all of these are great options.

5. Rocket League

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Every so often, there comes a game so unique and amazing that players just have to play it. Rocket League is one of those games. Rocket League is so unique, so exciting, and so fast-paced that any avid gamer would love to play this game.

It combines soccer with race cars. Who wouldn’t want to play a game like that? Everything is so fast and you’re flying off the walls, doing crazy tricks while passing around a ball that’s three times your size. The game obviously has flair to it and a uniqueness that hasn’t been present for a while now. Now, with Rocket League entering the esports scene, I highly recommend that you keep your eyes on it. A normal esport takes years to develop fully but Rocket League is already playing with the big timers and the game is still doing well.

Most esports have such a large following already that their betting community is thriving and doing extremely well. However, with Rocket League, it’s still developing and it still has a long way to go before it will have millions of viewers watching its tournaments. But with the growth that this game has shown, it’s definitely a great option to choose when it comes down to it. Because of how fun this game is, Rocket League is pulling in players left and right and the betting community is slowly developing.

If you can get in on this game before it’s too late, you can definitely become one of the best at betting on this game. After all, the esports scene is already set and it doesn’t look like it’s going to fade away. All you need to focus on is learning the game and making the big bucks.

4. Overwatch

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Overwatch is also a fairly new game and this game was one of the most hyped up games upon its initial release. Aside from games like World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, Overwatch comes in as one of Blizzard’s top games ever created and to this day, it’s one of their main money-makers.

With the game garnering so many major players, Overwatch is definitely going to be a game that you want to keep your eyes on. It recently finished its first major OWL season and the competitive scene met the hype that was expected from viewers. Like Rocket League, they have a growing community and are set for the future. Right now, you can consider Overwatch to be the second most popular first-person shooter out there—second only to CS:GO.

The reason Overwatch was able to take down other FPSs such as Call of Duty and Team Fortress 2 is because Overwatch brought a unique game to the table just like Rocket League did. Overwatch fused the ideas of MOBAs with blazing guns and complex maps to bring out a whole new plethora of ideas. You can’t upgrade your gun or buy new equipment during your game in Overwatch but the different characters you can choose bring different abilities and different playstyles for your team. Simply put, Overwatch is basically part MOBA part first-person shooter and that makes it all the more fun to play.

Now, when it comes to the esports scene, Overwatch still succeeds there. They have a model that isn’t too complex, making it easy for bettors to bet on their favorite teams. Furthermore, their post-season tournament can create so much hype that the chances of making money during those times are extremely high.

Furthermore, the game’s esports scene was only recently built up so the betting community isn’t going to be as big as other major esports. You still have time to get in and you still have time to establish a name for yourself. If you learn the game, learn the different star players and teams, and ultimately understand the game from a professional standpoint, there won’t be any reason as to why you won’t be able to make it big in this game.

Out of all the first-person shooter esports out there—Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2, CS:GO etc.—this one is my favorite. It brings a level of freshness to the industry that’s well needed and has really opened the game up to more opportunity in the future. Some of these opportunities include creating new games that would mirror the playstyle that Overwatch provides and some of these opportunities include betting schemes. Either way, they’re beneficial to both the game and the audience.

3. DOTA 2

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Out of all these games, Defense of the Ancients 2 or better known as DOTA 2 was the OG game of the esports industry. In fact, this can be considered the game that brought esports the attention it needed. The game, which is a MOBA, focuses in on destroying your enemy team’s base before they do to yours. The thing that makes DOTA 2 so interesting is that it provides hundreds of characters to choose from with easy accessibility and learning no matter if you’re a newbie or a veteran. However, the map itself has so many details and pieces to it that learning and mastering the entire game could take years to do so.

Even to this day some professional players haven’t understand the range of potential that this game brings to the table. With hundreds of different champions to choose from and a constantly changing playstyle thanks to the community of DOTA 2, there’s always something new in the game.

In the esports scene, DOTA 2 rules when it comes to prize money. In their TI (The International) tournament, the winners of the tournament Origen brought home more than eleven million dollars in prize money. It literally made nearly all of their players millionaires overnight. Of course, while this may not be true for every single player on the professional scene, this is a reality that isn’t uncommon in the game. And of course, with the promise of prize money comes the different teams who want to fight in order to bring home the title.

And with these teams comes their fanbase, cheering for their win and staying with them throughout the tournament. Thus, the complexity of the game and the strong rewards promised for the victors is a great incentive that has kept this esport going for years.

Even to this day, with so many esports to compete against, DOTA 2 is still ranked top three when it comes to the best esports out there right now. They keep a steady fan base thanks to the different teams that compete for the large prize pools and their betting scene is no different.

DOTA 2’s betting scene is one of the strongest we’ve seen thanks to its high number of players out there. It’s an old and experienced betting community and the people in there know what they’re doing most of the time. Because of this, it’s hard to break into the group at first and it’s even harder to make profits when you start out.

In fact, don’t be surprised to lose out on money in the beginning. There’s so much to learn in DOTA 2 and with the game possessing so many world-class teams, some games can be a coin toss. But, when you put in the time and the effort to learn the game, eventually, you’ll find that the payout for this game outmatch most games available in the esports industry.

2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive also known as CS:GO was the only game that really rivaled DOTA 2 in the old days of esports. (There was Starcraft but that game was really only limited to South Korea) To this day, CS:GO is still one of the most popular games out there. The game centers in on two teams—terrorists and counter-terrorists. Each team has one objective. For the terrorists, it’s planting the bomb and defending it till it detonates. The counter-terrorists are supposed to defend the bomb sites from ever having the bomb planted.

If the bomb is planted, their goal is to defuse it. If either team eliminates all the players on the other team, then that respective team wins the round. It’s quite simple but the game has evolved so much over the years that only the players with the best mechanics and reactions can excel in the game. Furthermore, this is one of the only games in which the Koreans and Chinese do not dominate. This makes it a wild card, a game that can go either way. This is a game where Europe and North America fight for control.

Like DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has survived throughout the years and this is because the game provides a refreshing round every time a tournament is played. Sometimes, esports can get tiring to watch and it even feels repetitive at times.

But for CS:GO, this isn’t the game. With such high stakes at hand and such little margin of error, the game is constantly an adrenaline rush that all viewers don’t want to stop watching. The game always excites and it doesn’t look it’s going to stop in the near future.

Furthermore, with the two main powerhouse regions being North America and Europe, the betting scene is even more exciting. It isn’t Korean dominance or Chinese dominance like in Overwatch, DOTA 2, and League of Legends. This is teams from Europe and North America vying for control. So, in the betting scene, each pick feels new and just as exciting. And that excitement doubles if your team wins. That being said, it’s a game in which everything can happen.

Just take a look at the 2018 Boston ELEAGUE. Cloud9 made history by helping North America win it’s first ever CS:GO major tournament in a double overtime final versus fan favorites FaZe Clan. However, there is one drawback to this game.

This game is maybe as complex as DOTA 2 and it takes a while to learn. That being said, you will most likely lose some money at the beginning. But as long as you’re learning the game and understanding which players are critical for which position, it won’t be long before you triple your earnings.

1. League of Legends

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Right now, the best game to bet on is League of Legends. The game is a MOBA which gained inspiration from DOTA 2 but eventually, it outgrew its predecessor. Now, League of Legends rules the scene and each year, millions of players tune in to watch the World Championship and Mid-Season Invitational—the two biggest tournaments of the year.

League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, meaning two teams are vying to take down the other team’s base. You can do so by destroying their Nexus but there are several things you have to do before you can have a shot at doing this. For example, you have to destroy several towers before you can even get a touch at their base and you have to be able to create a lead by killing off your opponents. The game is as complex as DOTA 2 and CS:GO and takes quite a bit of time to learn.

But the esports scene for League of Legends is so large and so diverse that it’s definitely an asset to learn for the long run. Just this year, the Chinese finally won their first World Championship and the players who saw this coming had a huge payout in store for them. This game makes up a large percentage of the viewership that goes on in League of Legends right now and the game has even seen celebrity status with names from the NBA, NFL, and even the music industry investing their time and money in this game.

The betting scene, like CS:GO and DOTA 2, is an experienced field and the game has so many strong teams that it can be hard to truly understand what’s going on at first. But if you can learn the game and understand which teams rule the Rift and which don’t, I can assure you that you’ll enjoy the money coming your way in League of Legends.

The reason esports has become such a big thing over the past few years is because esports is so accessible. All you need is internet connection and a phone or a laptop and you’re set to watch your favorite video game whereas for the NBA or NFL, you’ll need internet, a phone or laptop, and a subscription to some cable service.

The cost-benefits of esports are much better than that of competitive sports and that’s what makes it such a good industry to be in right now. With the audience growing, it’s only right that you begin to invest your energy into understanding the industry and betting on the best games.

Luckily for you, I’ve listed the best five games you could possibly choose from. There’s Rocket League, a game of soccer where you’re literally a car that pushes a soccer ball three times your side. You can use the sides of walls and your speed boosts to try to get the upper hand and take down your opponent.

There’s Overwatch, a game that’s part MOBA and part FPS, leading to some pretty sick plays and combos when a player plays their champion right. There’s DOTA 2, the OG esport and a game that will never grow old.

There’s CS:GO, an adrenaline-pumping game that leaves fans on the edge of their seat no matter what. Finally, there’s League of Legends, the current ruler of the esports industry and a MOBA game that is so complex yet diverse that a large percentage of the esports audience is made up of League of Legends fans.

There are so many different games to choose from and with each game, the opportunity of a lifetime is presented. As a bettor, you rarely ever get the opportunity to jump into a new industry and have a shot at making it big. Well, here’s your opportunity. The only question is: are you going to take it?

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