It’s not as if online gaming and Esports are anything new. As early as 2017 there was a 150,000+ live crowd turning up to see an Esports event in Poland. It is estimated by Goldman Sachs that the industry will be worth close to $3 billion by 2022, meaning plenty of investors are already betting big on this booming sector.
It’s a fairly safe bet that stock will rise further still, as sports fans turn away from traditional stadiums in favor of easily accessible online arenas. Here are just a few of the games that are already trending among the online gaming community.
More commonly known as PUBG by the heads in the know, this multiplayer battle royale game is the epitome of “every man for himself”. Players fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The game’s developers are currently in close competition with the creators of rival survival game Fortnite, which happens to be next on our list. However, for now PUBG is the king of online games, boasting the highest peak of concurrent players ever at a staggering 3.2 million. The game’s longevity means it would be unwise to wager against it falling from grace just yet.
This game shot to prominence due to popular online streamers such as Ninja providing it with dreamy free marketing and PR, as recreational players joined their professional streaming heroes online to duke it out. Much like PUBG this is a battle royale style game, but with the added dynamic that you can build your own defensive and tactically minded structures to gain an advantage over your foes. Such is the popularity of the game, that odds quickly began to appear online for those fans eager to back their favorite players. This trend is only set to grow, with Esports offerings often being accompanied by hearty free bets and bonuses.
League of Legends
If being part of a team is more your sort of thing, then League of Legends should be right up your street. Along with DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), League of Legends has become the leading player in pushing the development of professional Esports leagues. Millions tune in to watch their beloved teams, and many thousands more pay good money to watch live. In these uncertain times, it’s unclear as to how games such as League of Legends and DOTA will fare as their live grandstand platforms are denied them, but no doubt they will continue to trend well in the months to come.