So let’s start at the beginning!
Some concepts about eSports
The term “eSports”, also known as “electronic sports”, is the name given to the category of professional electronic gaming (video games).
Although in the beginning eSports caused a lot of controversy as to whether or not they were considered a sport, the truth is that they have now been widely recognised, and have even been considered for inclusion in the Olympic Games. As a competitive activity, carried out with high physical and psychological performance, in addition to defined rules, eSports have all the characteristics to be considered a sport.
In Brazil, eSports appeared about 10 years ago; however, it has evolved a lot since 2012, with the arrival of Riot, the company responsible for the game League of Legends. Since then, what used to be a “children’s game” has increasingly become an “adult game”. To give you an idea, the Season 3 World Championship was the most watched eSports event in history. The finals, played in a packed Staples Center, had more than 32 million fans watching the event worldwide.
eSports awards are among the biggest ever
Prize money from major eSports competitions exceeds US$1 million, as in the case of the Dota 2 world championship, which has paid out prizes in excess of US$20 million in recent years.
The competitions are a real spectacle on their own. Some championships even fill football stadiums, with organised fan bases and live broadcasting rights on TV channels.
With so much acceptance among young audiences, eSports have also become a hit in the world of sports betting. The electronic gaming modality is available to users all over the world who have fun following the contests and even place their bets.
How to place a bet on eSports
To start betting on eSports here, simply follow this step-by-step carefully.
#1 – The first thing you need to do is become a member of the Bodog platform.
#2 – Once inside the platform, you will need to create a four-digit code to keep you safe.
#3 – After that, you have the option to choose your bonus and make your first deposit to continue. Your current balance will be in the top right hand corner of the screen.
#4 – With funds already in your account, you will find betting options in the top menu. Click on “Sports”.
#5 – Within this menu, click on “All Sports”. Select the “eSports” category to continue.
#6 – On this page you will find betting options on competitions that are happening and will happen. In the small menu preceding the available market, you can filter the betting options according to your eSports preference, or search for games on a specific team.
#7 – After choosing which game or championship you will bet on, you must also decide which team you will place your chips on. As soon as you click on your chosen team, a new box will appear for you to enter your investment amount. You can also check what your return will be if you win.
#8 – Check the betting conditions of your coupon and, if you wish to continue, click on “Bet”.
What are odds and what are they for?
Basically, odds are probabilities of an event happening. To calculate an odds within an event, be it in eSports or any other sport, you take into account the likelihood of a team or player winning.
In other words, to know the amount to receive from a winning bet, we need to multiply the amount invested in the bet by the odds. For example, in a match between Fnatic vs G2, we have the following odds:
- Fnatic win pays 3.30
- G2 win pays 2.25
So, if you bet $100 on team Fnatic and the team wins, the amount you will receive will be (amount bet multiplied by the odds, which in our example is $100 times 3.30) $330.
How to deposit money
It is not possible to bet without a balance on the platform. The process of depositing credit into your Bodog account is extremely simple and secure. To deposit money and start betting, you have the following options:
- Bank transfer;
- Credit card;
- Astropay Card.
To deposit, simply click on your balance in the top right hand corner of the screen and select the “Deposit” option.
How to check your bets
By clicking on your balance and selecting the “Transactions” option, you can check the progress of all your placed bets.
The data is provided according to the date range, which can be changed, showing the latest results from 24 hours to 31 days.
Now that you know the process to start betting on eSports, the next step is to learn how to analyse teams and players.
To make it easier to get started with your research and analysis, below is a brief overview of eSports games.
Dota 2 is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game. Developed by Valve, the main objective of this game is to defeat the opposing team by destroying the Ancient, located in the centre of the enemy base. The International is Dota 2’s biggest event and you can easily bet on it through Bodog.
League of Legends: Created by Riot Games in 2009, it belongs to the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena category. As in Dota, players choose and control their champions to help the team defeat their opponents and reach the ultimate goal.