There are many esports games out there, but some of them hold a special place and play a significant role in the development of this industry. The most popular disciplines, which are described below, are very attractive to online bookmakers, said Darren Keane, Storm International.
A fantasy-style game in which players find themselves on a map with two opposing sides, each of which is played by 5 people. Everyone chooses a hero and develops him within the framework of one game in order to achieve the main goal – the destruction of the enemy main building. The largest tournaments are held in Dota 2.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Confrontation of terrorists against special forces, 5 players in each team. The task of the terrorists is to blow up the object, and the special forces must prevent this in every possible way. Tournaments are held here, on average, $ 1 million, but at the same time, salaries for esports players are usually higher than in other disciplines.
League of legends
A game made following the example of Dota 2 and having the same principle – 2 teams with five players in each, and the key goal is to destroy the main building of the enemy. The largest League of Legends tournament has a prize pool of $ 2.2 million, said Michael Boettcher, Storm International.
Overwatch is a team-based shooter in which players are given different tasks depending on the map type. All heroes can not only shoot, but also use various abilities. Esports is not very developed here, and the only tournament that most players aspire to is the Overwatch League, in which $ 275,000 is played.
Fortnite is a shooter in which 100 players find themselves on an island, from which only one will get out (or two if you start a team game). Epic Games is actively involved in the development of esports and held a tournament in 2019 with a total prize of almost $ 10 million.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks is an arcade simulator where players, driving tanks, capture points and destroy each other on maps close to real military locations. Now World of Tanks can hardly be called a full-fledged e-sports discipline. Most tournaments offer in-game currency and various gaming devices as prize money.
Where does the money come from in eSports: who runs eSports tournaments?
There are many organizations interested in hosting esports tournaments. First of all, thanks to the advertising given by the competition, viewed by hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers around the world.
These organizations include:
- hardware and peripheral manufacturers;
- game publishers;
- gaming media;
- esports organizations;
- online sportsbooks.
The largest tournaments are usually held with the support of several companies at once, which include, first of all, noted Darren Keane, Storm International, esports devices manufacturers and bookmakers.
In addition to the opportunity to get into computer sports, many people who are well versed in this or that game are attracted by the opportunity to place bets on esports. Some also make good money on this, which can be compared to how much cyber athletes earn in tier-2 teams of top disciplines.
How to bet on esports
Many bookmakers offer esports betting today. It is enough just to register on one of the bookmaker sites. Then you just need to top up your balance and select an event for the bet.
Types of bets
There are many options of how to bet on esports. First of all, this is, of course, the event winner, but besides this, there is a number of others:
- Handicap. A bet on the victory of a team with a handicap on cards, frags or other indicators.
- Totals. How many cards will be played / frags made / creatures killed, etc. Usually these are bets on the “over / under” value set by the bookmaker.
- First murder. Who is the first to kill the opponent in the match.
- Live. The same bets as standard bets, but are placed during the match, not before it starts.
This is just a short list of possible bets. The exact list always depends on which bookmaker you have chosen.
There is also a mobile esports. The prize pool and audience in mobile esports is significantly smaller, but there are also a number of tournaments to take part in.
What cyber athletes play on – devices for gamers
An esports player’s computer is a powerful PC that must meet certain requirements. Any deviation from these standards leads to the fact that other players have an advantage, and this should not be allowed even in the smallest detail. The cyber athlete monitor must have a frequency of at least 144 Hz. This is a key parameter, while the rest are already chosen depending on the individual needs of the player.
A gamer’s computer mouse ideally should have an optical sensor that guarantees high accuracy as well as minimal response time. You can also pay attention to the presence of additional keys, but in most top mice models there are enough of them for any game. An esports player keyboard should have easy-to-press keys as well as fast response times.
Headphones in esports should simply transmit sound well, and they are important mainly only for shooters, where the enemy’s location is determined by noise. Otherwise, everyone chooses headphones according to personal preferences.
Cybersport for children and adults will continue to develop by leaps and bounds. Despite the fact that the mobile games market has been picking up a large chunk of the audience lately, the prize money in esports competitions is still increasing, and it is not known when this growth will stop.
While more and more people are getting involved in professional gaming, are interested in matches and various gaming devices, so many companies are still interested in organizing championships.