Esports or electronic sports are not so much different from traditional sports, except for everything that happened in the form of sports competitions using gaming computers, smartphones, or video game consoles. Esports usually come in the form of organized competitive gaming matches in various leagues between professional gamers, as a team, or individually.
In layman’s terms, two groups of best gamers playing against each other at their favorite game and battle for victory to become the best in the world. This massive growing industry, of course, is also attracting investments and support from various casino tycoons including maxbet. Just like soccer players play football together as a team against another, esports players play computer games against one another.
Famous players or teams with a huge fan base are profiting more from a match as their fans will tune in to watch live action from their TV, mobile devices, or computers, some companies would be willing to pay the players to advertise their products by using them or mention them during the match on a live broadcast for maximum brand exposure.
Very often the winner is expected to bring home million dollars in prize money, excluding the lucrative deals from sponsorship, endorsements, franchises, and many more. The rise of esports over the last two decades has become a big deal and its market value is estimated to hit 1.8 billion dollars by 2022 with attracting over 600 million people as the largest audience ever. According to Forbes, esports professional gamers are growing in number by 40% every year since 2000.
Esports does not take place in one’s house, cyber cafes or Internet cafes, esports tournaments are hosted in big arenas with huge crowds of fans around the world. With the emergence of gaming tournaments in the world such as The International, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships, eSports World Convention, FIFA eWorld Cup, Fortnite World Cup, Dreamhack, League of Legends World Championships, เว็บพนันบอล ดีที่สุด and many more.
Computer gaming is not new to anyone, the industry has begun more than 30 years ago where people were playing computer games against one another. However, the trend started in early 2000 when computers became more affordable with faster internet connection speed, which attracted many people to become active in computer gaming.
Well, not everyone can easily become a professional gamer and compete in esports tournaments. Similar to any traditional sport, it requires dedication, hard work, and hell lots of training to become the best player. Even if you think you are turning your hobby into your job as you are doing something you have passion for, but train for more than 12 hours a day? It could be exhausting and those weak minds will give up halfway sooner or later.
Why is the global gaming market blooming? Thanks for the lockdown measures caused by a coronavirus, many are willing to spend on games, especially on mobile, to deal with boredom and time killing during these difficult times. Almost half of the world’s population owns a smartphone and it has the lowest barrier to entry. The mobile game industry has generated more than 77 billion dollars in 2020, a 13% growth from the previous year. So, what are the top 3 esports dominating the gambling market?
#1 – League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL short form by fans) is one of the world’s most recognized multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video games, which was developed by Riot Games. It is reported to have over 100 million active gamers on LoL gaming platforms. The famous League of Legends World tournament in 2016 had attracted over 396 million viewers watching online matches. Similar to DotA 2, it is a 5v5 match with the ultimate goal of destroying the other team’s core building within the base. LoL has a total of 140 characters called champions for players to choose from.
#2 – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or CS:GO for short, is a multiplayer first-person shooting game developed by Valve (who also developed Half-life) in 2012. It is a team-based shooting game with the first-person view in a modern-military setting where players are divided into two teams – the terrorist team to conduct an act of terror such as planting bombs and taking hostages, whereas the counter-terrorists team provides countermeasures such as defusing bombs and rescuing the hostages. The game can be won under several conditions such as opponents completely wiped out, all hostages being rescued, bombs successfully detonated, or diffused.
#3 – DotA 2
Defenders of the Ancients or DotA is the earliest MOBA game ever developed since 2003. To win the game, a team with selected heroes must first destroy the opponent’s core structure located in the center of their base called ‘Ancient’. It is reported the game has over 660 thousand active players as of today. Similar to LoL but lesser, DotA 2 has 115 unique characters called “heroes” that players can pick from to compete with each other.
There is without a doubt that esports is on the rise and it will keep rising with the technology advancements. Maybe one day it can become bigger than any football league? Only time can tell.