eSports Still Making Headlines For Mainstream Sports Bettors

More and more live sports are returning to action in June. Most notably are some high profile international soccer leagues, NASCAR and golf’s PGA Tour. Yet, eSports is still capturing the attention of mainstream bettors.

In the absence of most live sports and sporting events in March and April, betting interest in eSports began to increase. Video games such as CS:GO, Fortnite and League of Legends (LoL) have always attracted a large base of fans. Professional competitions for those video games have been taking place for years with millions awarded in prize money.

More recently, online sportsbooks started adding betting options for eSports competitions to help fill the void and they attracted quite a bit of action from starved sports bettors. That trend is expected to continue even as mainstream sports slowly return to action.

The overall popularity of eSports and betting on these events prompted the popular sports betting website Scores & Stats to increase its coverage with a daily live data feed for eSports.

Once there are live basketball, hockey and baseball games to bet on, the focus on eSports is bound to decrease somewhat. Yet the inroads they made over the past several weeks should keep them as a very viable betting option in the months and years to come.

One of the big stories from recent eSports action was the first ever Mid-Season Cup. A competition between Top Esports and FunPlus Phoenix in the championship match highlighted the first ever event made of China’s LoL Pro League. Top Esports went on to win 3-1 this past Sunday.

Other competing teams included JD Gaming and Invictus of the China LoL Pro League. Also included in the competition was South Korea LoL Champions’ T1, Gen.G, Dragon X and Damwon Gaming.

The Mid-Season Cup was played entirely online because of the coronavirus health crisis. Teams did participate from the LPL Arena in Shanghai and LoL Park in Seoul. In earlier competition, reigning world champions FunPlus Phoenix beat JD Gaming as the current LPL Champion in one semifinal matchup. In the other semifinal, Top Esports swept Gen. G as the only remaining South Korean team.

Sunday’s finals featured the return of the blind pick mode. All of the tournament’s best-of-five series started with blind pick as opposed to the standard pick-ban sequence. Top Esports won the series opener before losing the second match to FunPlus Phoenix. The eventual champs regained their playing form by winning the next two matches to close things out with the 3-1 series victory.

The Mid-Season Cup competition was part of the larger Mid-Season Streamathon. The entire event was designed to raise money to help battle the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Moving to the live betting board for eSports at a few of the biggest online sportsbooks, you can find betting odds posted for FIFA Esoccer as a sports-based competition. There are also multiple betting opportunities for GC:CS, Dota 2, StarCraft 2 and the Rocket League.

The eSports betting board is updated constantly so if you plan to bet on the matches you should check the lines and odds on a regular basis. You can also check ScoresandStats.com for a daily schedule of eSports events. This is also updated on a regular basis to help keep you up to date.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.