eSports is a relatively new development in the world of gaming, and whilst there is an ongoing debate about whether or not competitive video gaming should actually be categorised as a sport, there is no denying that eSports events are becoming increasingly popular.
DreamHack is an annual digital festival which began in Sweden in 1994 and attracts tens of thousands of video game enthusiasts every year. Video game competitions have been a part of the festival for a while, and have previously including competitive events featuring games such as Counter-Strike, Starcraft II, Quake Live, League of Legends and more. Some events are played as individuals and others are played by teams, and winners now receive cash prizes as well as the kudos of beating their rivals.
This year’s DreamHack Masters event in Las Vegas will offer over $450,000 in cash prizes. The Group Stages will take place from this Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 February, and the Playoffs will determine the winners on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February.
The fact that William Hill has been granted permission to offer markets for DreamHack Masters 2017 is a good indication that eSports tournaments are of as much interest to spectators as they are to the participants. Although it will take a little time before betting on eSports becomes as popular as betting on comparable spectator events such as poker games or darts matches, the potential for eSports to one day attract such attention is definitely there.
Bettors who are interested in exploring this developing sector should visit eSports.co.uk for more information.