When most people think of online or mobile sports betting, they think of placing wagers on the latest Football games, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Basketball and so on. In reality, there are many other types of categories including politics, entertainment, and of course eSports. Over the past few years US eSports betting has grown to become one of the largest markets at all top-rated sites.

So, what is it all about and how can you win big? Let’s take a closer look.

Basics and Background

The name came about as a combination of the phrase “electronic sports” and the activity is defined as any form of competitive electronic gaming. In short, it is competitive video gaming on a global scale.

Interestingly, the concept is not new. For years, people have been competing in first person shooter games across local area networks (LAN) and Internet connections. Today, competitive gaming has evolved with dedicated teams, leagues and tournaments. eSports betting is simply the practice of putting money on the outcome of these games and tournaments.

Categories and Game Types

eSports can be broken down into different categories or types of games. The most popular categories include First Person Shooters (FPS), Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Real Time Strategy Games (RTS) and Action Real Time Strategy (ARTS). Each category or game requires different skills, strategies and methods of winning.

For mobile sports betting purposes, it is good to know that within each game category there are popular games that teams compete in.

With first person shooters, the most popular game is Counter Strike: Global Offensive, also known as CS:GO. In the Multiplayer Battle Arena Games genre, League of Legends is the game of choice. In the Real Time Strategy category, StarCraft 2 is popular, while Dota 2 is a combination of RTS and MOBA. These are just the most popular, the best sports betting sites also allow for putting money on games like Street Fighter, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, HALO, Smite and Battlefield, to name a few.

So Many Ways to Win

Recently, virtual sporting themed games have started to enter the market, including electronic basketball, football and Formula 1. Putting money on these events is very similar to regular wagering on soccer, tennis or any other activity or event. With major tournaments, teams from all around the globe compete in a multi-day event that is streamed live. Bettors can then place a wager on a match or round and sit back and watch the action unfold.

With US eSports, the easiest bet to place is a simple match bet. This is where you simply predict the team or individual winner of a particular match in a tournament. Future bets can also be placed at the start of any tournament on the outright tournament winner. The biggest tournaments in the ESL pro League include the Overwatch Apex/ Premier series, the Starcraft World Game Masters, the LOL Worlds Tournament, and the Dota 2 International.

Prop Bets and Extended Markets

eSports betting also allows for the placing of prop bets and extended markets. The available markets for each match will depend on the type of game being played. As well as predicting the match winner or tournament winner, bettors can also place wagers on who will be the group winners. For First Person Shooters, popular markets include first blood, where you predict which team will make the first kill. The knife round is also popular, as well as odds/evens where you predict if there will be an odd or even number of kills in the game.

For Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games, a popular market is the Map Winner. This is a wager on which team will win the map round inside the game or match. Map winning can also go into overtime, which is another yet another mobile sports betting market.

US eSports betting is growing all the time, and the more popular it becomes, the more markets on offer, and the more chances to win.