The bookmakers offering the best eSports betting odds

Thought eSports was just a fad? Think again. eSports has transcended into an absolute behemoth of an industry estimated to stand at nearly $700m and is viewed by hundreds of millions of people around the globe.

Dota 2’s famed tournament The International had a prize pool of over £18m last time out with the victors taking home £8m. 2017’s IEM Katowice saw 173,000 people attend the two-weekend event made up of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and StarCraft 2 tournaments.

CS: GO, LoL, Dota 2, SC II, Hearthstone and Overwatch are currently the big boys of the genre right now but the likes of King of Glory, Rainbow Six, along with a host of sports games like Madden, NBA 2k and FIFA are also making significant progress.

With regards to betting, not every bookmaker currently offers eSports markets (but of course, the ones featured below in our table do), and there aren’t currently that many games and tournaments you can bet on. That is of course changing, but for now, it’s hard to find markets that aren’t for LoL, CS: GO, DOTA 2, Hearthstone, SC and SC II, R6, and OverWatch. However, that is sure to change in time.

The likes of Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K, in particular, are becoming more and more popular with FIFA’s eWorld Cup winner now receiving $250,000 all to himself. The finals event – of which 20 million people entered in qualifying – was held at the O2 Arena in London in front of 3,500 fans and was broadcast live on SkySports. But still, that remains small-fry compared to the demiGods of the industry.

In 2017, over 40,000 people attended the final of the League of Legends World Championships at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in China. And this is happening in a sport which is barely even 20 years old.

In the year 2000, there were about 10 eSports tournaments in the world and the total prize pool didn’t reach $300,000. Now there are nearly 2,500 tournaments a year and the total prize pool stands at well over $100 billion. In. Sane.

Like it or not, eSports is the future.

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