There was a time when the general feeling about computer geeks and wizards was that they would inadvertently hack into the weapons systems at the Pentagon and accidentally set in motion events that would trigger World War Three. Then Bill Gates came along and instead, decided to earn enough money to make Croesus blush. Suddenly, being a computer whizz didn’t look quite so nerdy after all.

Steve Jobs then discovered making items and charging people a fortune for the prefix – I – was another smash hit winner and whether it was pods, pads, macs or phones, another computer geek was taking home a paycheck that looked like a social security number every month.

However, it was the development of console and PC gaming in recent times that have changed the ballpark once again. Those kids that were once roundly mocked and bullied have now found their niche market as key players in the burgeoning esports industry.

Just as it was once sports stars and film stars that were mobbed by adoring fans, so too now are the very best esports players starting to become recognised. In South Korea for example, the top esports players are mobbed when out in public and they are as famous as any K-Pop star or sporting hero.

Esports has facilitated this and the big news is that it is already happening. North America, Europe, Asia and indeed all parts of the globe has a healthy and burgeoning scene and it is growing still further. Of course, an offshoot of this is also the esports betting industry, which has now developed into a living and breathing beast in its own right.

Esports betting is, like Eddie Murphy, coming to America, but it is coming slowly as states start the process of offering this type of betting to customers. Of course, the first states to get it will be those that already offer esports betting. Indiana being one example (and this BetRivers Affiliate Code can help get you started in this state).

So in order to ensure you are ready for the forthcoming esports betting boom, here’s everything you need to know about esports betting, Kind of.

  • What is an esport?

An esport is a computer game that can be played by an individual or a group of players against another individual or group in a competitive environment where the aim is for one individuals or group to beat the other.

In some esports, it is a case of one team or individual facing off against another, whereas in some esports multiple teams and individuals can compete at the same time.

However, to really become an esport of note, a game has to enjoy popularity with players all across the globe. It is when this occurs and online tournaments begin to be contested, with sponsors offering money for the winners, that a computer game moves from simply being a piece of software into being a legitimate esport.

It is the games that have truly national and international appeal that become the giants of the esports scene and of course, as new games are developed over the years, the list of popular esports games keeps growing.

  • What are the esports that I am likely to find betting on?

Esports betting tends to be available for the most popular esports, although the number of esports you can bet on has increased markedly over the last few years. The esports that you will most likely find betting available for are the following. I have also listed the acronym commonly used for each esport.

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO or CS:GO)
  • League of Legends (LoL)
  • Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota2)
  • Overwatch
  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty (COD)
  • FIFA 20
  • Rainbow Six Siege (R6)
  • StarCraft II (SCII)
  • Hearthstone
  • Player Unknown Battle Grounds (PUBG)
  • Fortnite
  • Streetfighter
  • World of Tanks

This list is not exhaustive and there are other esports tournaments and events that you may find betting on when they are taking place, such as Formula 1 Esports races, or NBA esports Basketball tournaments.

  • Can I trust the betting odds on these events? Isn’t esports easy to cheat?

The top level esports industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry in much the same way as the NBA, NFL or Major League Soccer is. As such, there are stringent measures in place both in terms of the software and in the organisation of tournaments to ensure that all the top esports tournaments are entirely fair and legitimate.

In truth, the penalties for somebody trying to cheat at an esports tournament are so tough, that nowadays nobody would even consider doing it. Total lifetime bans are not unusual for players found to be cheating or involving themselves in gamesmanship of any form.

Together with the introduction of drugs testing at top events, and strict regulations in place for how often and far players can travel to play, the industry is as strictly regulated as professional sports and that means that any betting markets you can find on esports, are going to be a fair reflection of the game.

  • What esports betting markets are available?

The types of betting markets you will find for esports will vary from event to event, but in general they are similar to the markets you would find on a typical sports game, such as soccer or American Football in that they are contextual based on each esport.

So that means you can bet on the winner of a match up, but you can also bet on which team or individual will be the first to perform a certain task required in a game to become the winner, such as killing a dragon, scoring a goal, or casting a particular spell.

As the industry has grown and expanded, the number of markets available on individual matches has increased, as has the number of tournaments you will find betting for.  As expertise in the industry has grown, so bookmakers have increased the number of markets available, which means that punters now have the widest choice of bets available for esports than there have ever been.

  • Where can I follow esports?

Some sites, such as bet365 Sports, will offer live streaming on site of certain esports events, but you can also use dedicated streaming services, such as Twitch TV or YouTube in order to watch events live that you have bet on.

You can also bet on esports in exactly the same way as you would place a standard sports bet. You don’t need any extra cash, or a different account, your standard betting account is used for your bet and the same method of selecting bets (clicking on the odds to add it to your bet slip) is the method by which to place a bet.

Esports betting will be big wherever you are, so why not check out what markets are available in this new and modern form of betting?