Well folks, video games have also made their way into the “sports” betting arena. Whether or not you can accept video games as a sport is an irrelevant question, because whether you do or not, there’s action to be had. The types of games range from multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), to first person shooters (FPS), fighting games, sports games, and so on. It’s obviously not an athletic sport, more of a mind sport. Every sport involves intricate strategic thinking to go along with precise execution. Playing video games involves all of these, hence the evolution of electronic sports. There are edges available.
Where to Bet eSports
With millions of people around the country streaming eSports live from their computers, this naturally got the ball rolling towards the idea of implementing it into legalized gambling. William Hill, working with the Downtown Grand Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada became the first sportsbook anywhere in the United States to get approval to take action on eSports. But betting eSports online is already available. They can be found at sites like William Hill, Betway, Pinnacle, 10Bet, bet365, Ladbrokes, and Alphadraft.
Types of Bets
Given that eSports betting in Nevada was just recently granted its approval in mid-December, 2016, what options you will have there remain to be seen. In theory, one could figure all of the lines you are used to having offered on other sports, will also eventually be offered for eSports. The sites listed above also give a variety of betting options. For instance, if you were considering betting on League of Legends, which is a MOBA, you could be on who will win the championship, who will be the finalists, or just who will win an individual game. In a game of League of Legends, there will be 4 competitors. Here’s an example of a line:
Sweet Potatoes 23/1
Poison Pizza 2/1
Record Players 9/1
Anyone you bet on will pay better more than the amount you bet. The first number in each line tells you how much money you will win per every $1 you bet. Since team Poison Pizza is considered to be the likeliest team to win, their payout is the least rewarding. Conversely, Sweet Potatoes are highly unlikely to win, hence the large payout in the off chance they do.
With this type of bet, you can make multiple predictions and put them on the same betting ticket. The difficult part is you must get every single prediction right, otherwise you lose. A parlay ticket takes the individual odds of each game you are betting and multiplying their outcomes together which would give you a much bigger payout than if you had just bet each team separately. So it is a classic example of a higher risk and higher reward scenario. If you were thinking of doing a two leg parlay, you might want to try picking a team to win at something whose chances you really love, and combine that with another pick you are also confident in. Since you have already convinced yourself the first game is a lock, in your mind it will feel like you are just getting a really great payout on the other game by attaching the no brainer to it.
eSports Performance Enhancing Drugs
If you’re familiar with prescribed drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, or Vyvanse, then you know that these boost people’s levels in their ability to concentrate which in turn makes them less emotional and more logical in dealing with a certain task. It also can help to contain feelings of fatigue. Only the Electronic Sports League has independently disallowed the use of these types of drugs during competitions. Anyone caught using them will be expelled.
The government has not outlawed anything, so for now, it’s still something of an Adderall circus almost as much as it is a video games competition. If eSports is serious enough about people taking them seriously to the point of acknowledging what they do as a “sport”, then it’s an issue that probably needs resolved. Just knowing the atmosphere you’re about to step into when placing a bet is so widely concerned over who can most appropriately use this focusing drug without harming themselves too much seems like it can really taint the sheer integrity of competition.