Getting started in esports betting

By William Davis


Jul 27, 2021

Reading time: 2 min

With a short span of time, esports has become a worldwide phenomenon with committed fans, high-level competitions, and real shows that gather millions of spectators all over the planet. Today, esports represent a market worth several billion dollars and is a booming phenomenon that is not about to run out of steam. 

Here are some tips to get started in esports odds & betting.

Bet according to your gaming preferences  

“Esports” is a catch-all term for a long list of games, and it’s basically impossible to follow all of them. Make sure to only bet on a couple of them, otherwise it’s impossible to keep up on major happenings. 

If you’re a strategy fan, look to StarCraft. If you like action, check out League of Legends and Dota 2. Shooters like Halo, Call of Duty, and Counter Strike are options for those who want to see some fancy shooting. Traditional sports fans will have no trouble getting into games like FIFA and NBA 2K.

There are dozens of games to choose from. To make good predictions and win your bets, it is important to know the intricacies of each game, their rules, their champions, and so on.

Bet on the most popular games

Among the main esports games, there are five leaders. 

League of Legends, also called is the most popular esport in the world, and attracts the greatest viewership. Call of Duty, a military FPS, has become a monolith in the world of video games and has possibly the largest player base in the western world. Dota 2 is a very intense and dynamic game that has a lot of shared history with LoL, and shares many of the same core gameplay mechanics. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or simply CSGO, is the biggest game in the world of betting. The real-time strategy game StarCraft II is the successor to one of the original esports giants. 

From there are many other popular esports including Fortnite, FIFA, Hearthstone, Rainbow 6, and Overwatch. Some games like Pro Evolution Soccer and Rocket League are popular with gamers but not well represented by bookmakers.    

Follow the news

The video game world works on a 24/7 schedule. It is difficult to follow, but keeping informed will allow you to refine your short-term predictions. 

Esports is very volatile thanks to constant roster changes and it is difficult to base your bets on long-term data, as these quickly become obsolete. Games evolve very quickly, rules change and new titles and updates come out constantly, professional player teams are unstable thanks to frequent retirements and burnout. Esports bettors must always be very proactive on keeping up with the news, otherwise they will fall behind quickly.