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How to bet on eSports

Thought about betting on eSports markets at PlayUp, but have no idea where to start? Bets.com.au have provided a handy guide to betting on eSports, the types of games and the opportunities that exist to place winning bets.

Read on to gain the knowledge that can help you place eSports bets with confidence.

What are eSports?

First of all you need to understand what eSports actually are. They are video games played by individuals or teams. Bookmakers now offer betting markets for the growing eSports industry with daily events to bet on.

What are the most popular eSports?

There are thousands of gamers involved in eSports and some of the most popular games include CS:GO or Counter Strike: Global Offensive to give it its full name, Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Fortnite, FIFA, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, Quake Champions, Smite and PUBG. Some are more well-known than others, while the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns around the world saw even more introduced into the public limelight with FIFA, NBA2K and Formula 1 events contested by individuals across the world including the actual drivers.

Many of the games have World Championships, and some football clubs have signed up specialist players to represent them in the eSports sector.

Types of eSports betting options…

The types of bets you have the option of placing on eSports events will differ depending on the game. Some, like FIFA for example, will be much more like a traditional sports match market with its options, while CS:GO might have more complex betting options relating to First Blood or Map Winner.

Some of the most popular forms of betting on eSports are:

Head to Head – The simplest betting option available as you are betting the winner of a match.

Draw – Where there is an option of a tie in a game, you will also see a draw as an option for the match.

Handicap or Line Bet – Just like AFL or NRL, you will find that eSports betting has handicaps assigned to each player or team. They must cover the set handicap to win this bet. For example, your player might start with a -1.5 goal handicap in a FIFA match.

Tournament Winner – If it is a tournament you are following, you can bet on who will be crowned the champions. Much like the Soccer World Cup, or Cricket World Cup. You will find futures betting markets are freely available for eSports tournaments.

Group of Winner – For tournaments, you will be able to bet on which group you think the overall winning team will come from.

Group Winner – Bet on the winner of a group in a tournament where the teams have been split into smaller groups.

Multi Bet – Select 2 or more bets and combine them together to win more if all of your selections are winners.

Where to bet on eSports…

You can see the latest eSports betting odds and markets for upcoming events at PlayUp where you can place bets online.

Head to the PlayUp website and create an account if you don’t already have one. Then click on the ‘Sports’ option in the menu, and you will find E-Sports down below, listed in alphabetical order.

From there, you can select the tournament that you want to bet on, select the betting option that you want, enter your stake and place your bet.

Head to PlayUp for all the latest markets, and best of luck on your eSports bets!