|eSports is the term
that describes organised multi-player video game competitions, particularly now
meaning competitions between professional players and teams. If you are new to
this idea then you may well be surprised to know players battle it out for cash
prizes and prestige, sometimes watched by millions of fans.
might be new to you the industry has been around since the late twentieth
century. However new technology, high transmission speeds and innovative
services such as Twitch, which allows eSports addicts to stream video of live
matches, is propelling the progaming world into the big time. Amazon think it
has a big future as not long ago they purchased Twitch for $1billion, about
£650. Sound investment maybe considering the sports rapid expansion which
can only be bolstered by Universal Pictures upcoming 2016 release of Warcraft,
a film totally based on World of Warcraft.
If a sport becomes popular
then someone will think they can create a book for it, and this is no
different. Well established online bookmakers are taking bets on a number of
eSport competitions, including three major European bookmakers. There are four
major eSports where markets are currently being made, DoTA 2, Counter-Strike,
Starcraft 2 and the most popular at this time, League Of Legends, commonly
known as LoL.
League Of Legends
LoL is a multiplayer online
battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games. Riot Games
organises The Championship Series which consists of 10 professional teams on
each continent battling to stay in the league, the top three on each continent
progressing at the end to the World Championships with a first prize of $1
The most popular type of gameplay, also used in the
championship, is team versus team. Here the team start with a central building,
called a Nexus, protected by defensive structures and each player controls a
character, called a Champion. Players begin with little gold and health but
gain these through various actions in the game such as killing other champions,
destroying defensive turrets and dealing the final blow to the enemy.
Gold can be used to purchase items, which will provide beneficial
effects for a champion, such as being able to deal or absorb more damage and
thus be more likely to kill their opponents in combat. A champion will respawn
at their base not long after their death, with the delay increasing as the game
Follows of LoL can watch Championship matches through live
streaming and we recommend using an eSport betting site guide if you want to
league of legends.
League of Legends has a large, active competitive
scene. In North America and Europe, Riot Games organizes the League of Legends
Championship Series. Similar regional competitions exist in China, South Korea,
Taiwan, and South-East Asia. These regional competitions culminate with the
annual League of Legends World Championship, which in 2013 had a grand prize of
$1 million and attracted 32 million viewers online.
This game is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game
developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment. At the time of its release
Starcraft 2 became the fastest selling real-time strategy game of all time,
selling over three million copies in the first month.
The game revolves
around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a
super-species of assimilated life forms; and the Protoss, a technologically
advanced species with vast mental powers. The base version of Starcraft 2 is
known as Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, which focuses on the Terrans, the
first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, focuses on the Zerg race and the
forthcoming expansion, Legacy of the Void will focus on the Protoss
There are many professional competitions and leagues for Starcraft
2, especially in South Korea where it is almost a national pastime. They even
have two television channels dedicated to broadcasting professional Starcraft
Counter-Strike is a first person
shooter video game developed by the Valve Corporation. Set in various locations
around the globe, players assume the roles of members of combating teams of the
governmental counter-terrorist forces and various terrorist militants opposing
them. During each round of gameplay, the two teams are tasked with defeating
the other by the means of either achieving the map's objectives, or else
eliminating all of the enemy combatants. Each player may customize their
arsenal of weapons and accessories at the beginning of every match, with
currency being earned after the end of each round.
The fourth game in
the main Counter-Strike franchise is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, often
abbreviated to CS:GO and this is the current format used in the tournaments
that betting takes place on.
Like the previous games in the series,
Global Offensive is an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Each
player joins either the Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist team and attempts to
complete objectives or eliminate the enemy team. The game operates in short
rounds that end when all players on one side are dead or a team's objective is
completed. For most game modes, once a player dies, they must wait until the
round ends to respawn.
In CS:GO, in addition to normal tournament
circuits hosted by third-party organisations, Valve organizes or co-sponsors a
series of events itself, referred to as 'majors'. These events are special in
that they have large prize pools, which are crowdfunded by the CS:GO community
via in-game keys bought to open in-game cases, and special in-game cosmetics -
usually in the form of stickers that can applied to guns with the qualified
teams logo, or used to predict the results of the tournament - are introduced
into the game, and are purchasable from Valve during the duration of the
As of March 18, 2015, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
tournaments have awarded over $3.8 million in prize money, with over $1.3
million won by Swedish players.
DotA 2 is a multiplayer
online battle arena video game developed by the Valve Corporation. It is the
stand-alone sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA). The game is available
exclusively through Valve's content-delivery platform, Steam. Steam provides
the user with installation and automatic updating of games on multiple
computers, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud
saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
Dota 2 is played in
matches involving two teams of five players, each of which occupies a
stronghold at a corner of the map. Each stronghold contains a building called
the "Ancient", which the opposite team must destroy to win the match. Each
player controls a "Hero" character and focuses on levelling up, collecting
gold, acquiring items and fighting against the other team to achieve victory.
To ensure that enough DotA players would take up Dota 2 and showcase
the game's capabilities, Valve sponsored sixteen accomplished DotA teams to
compete at The International for a one million dollar prize in 2011.
2015, the Dota 2 Asian Championships were held in China with a final prize pool
of over US$3 million being raised through compendium sales. The American Dota 2
squad Evil Geniuses emerged winners. As of July 2015, over US$49 million in
prize money has been awarded through Dota 2 tournaments, with 29 Dota 2 players
winning the most money across all competitive video games and 57 of the top 100
eSports players by earnings having played Dota 2 professionally.
date (Jan 2017) the major Dota 2 tournaments have scored the largest prize
funds, the 2015 International having $18m and the 2016 International seeing
$20.8m, currenty the record.
The is no stopping the
rise of eSports progamers and other titles will be joining
2013 saw the US Government issue the
first P-1 visas to League of Legend players making them officially players in a
professional sport. The visa finally stops the inevitable battle to gain entry
into the US and gives the holder the right to stay up 5 years and a whole team
for a period of 6 months.
The official League of Legends eSports
tournament League Championship Series was the first to be recognized as a fully
professional eSport by the U.S. State Department. Danny "Shiphtur" Le was the
first progamer to receive a visa acknowledging him as an "internationally
recognized" athlete. For Le, a native of Canada, the visa allows him to go to
the United States for training ahead of October's world championships.
Other eSports players have been granted visas previously, mostly for
one-off events, but Le was the first who was able to make a salary during his
stay. Convincing the visa bureau of gaming's legitimacy as a pro sport wasn't
easy. "We had to get endorsements from participants and prove that this is a
consistent, viable career path and people can make a living playing games,"
Riot Games VP Dustin Beck said.
The P-1 visa is applicable to aliens
entering the US to perform in a specific athletic competition as an athlete,
individually or as part of a team, at an internationally recognised level of