It might come as a surprise to those that remember the good old days of Sega vs Nintendo discussions, but video games in the modern day have made a big splash in the betting world. Due to the growth of eSports, punters have had the opportunity to bet on tournaments in everything from Rocket League to Street Fighter.
Below is a look at five of the best games for betting.
1. League of Legends
If you somehow haven’t heard of League of Legends yet, this is an online battle arena game that has experienced extended popularity that few others experience. First released in 2009, LoL is still among the most played games in the world. Back at the end of 2019 – a decade after it was released – the title boasted an incredible eight million concurrent players.
This popularity is reflected in its prevalence in the eSports realm. If you compare LoL odds’ to any other video games, you’ll see that LoL typically comes out on top in terms of matches available and other betting options.
2. Dota 2
The big rival to League of Legends’ battle arena game dominance is Dota 2. Recognized as the most-played title on Steam, Dota 2 sees millions of players duke it out each day. Due to featuring a steeper learning curve than LoL, Dota 2 is the choice for those that prefer complex gameplay at a slower pace.
While it doesn’t quite have LoL’s popularity from a betting perspective, Dota 2 is still one of the most frequent fixtures in the eSports calendar.
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
When it comes to first-person shooters, the king of the eSports world is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that CS:GO was released all the way back in 2012. Yet its easy yet deep gameplay, skins, frequent eSports tournaments, and assortment of maps/modes have ensured players keep coming back for more.
4. Call of Duty
Not far behind CS:GO is the gaming behemoth that is Call of Duty. The franchise helped to popularise online gaming on consoles, and modern CoD titles are among the biggest sellers every year.
In 2020, the popularity of the series led to the Call of Duty League being launched. This league, along with others, ensures CoD has a constant presence for bettors.
FIFA is the biggest sports franchise in the world, so it’s not a surprise it has a place on this list. Unlike other titles mentioned above, players don’t stick with FIFA games that were released a decade ago. Tournaments always focus on the latest FIFA release – at the time of writing, that is FIFA 21. This will be replaced in a few months when the annual FIFA release hits the shelves.
The eSports aspect of the game has the backing of FIFA, and its accessibility makes it particularly enticing for those that have hopes of playing the game professionally. The number of tournaments is also welcomed by those that want to bet on the game.