Get Into eSports Betting with League of Legends
League of Legends is arguably the biggest entry in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (or MOBA) genre, with it being the most played PC game in North America and Europe (as far as human hours go), and an astoundingly huge player base in Asia as well. With it’s popularity growing more every day, it’s impossible not to find odds for betting on League of Legends.
Developed by Riot Games, League of Legends (also referred to as LoL) can be played individually, or in teams; the latter being often the case. Under the command of the player, the characters –known as Champions– are deployed in order to destroy the enemy Nexus (which acts essentially as the base) and fulfill any other active goals. Champions can be operated by the player one at a time or in tandem.
Something which simply cannot be contested, is the fact that the League of Legends community is one of the biggest eSports scenes in the entire world. In spite of its ease of play and overwhelming number of fans throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, China, and more, mastery of the game on a professionally competitive level is no walk in the park.
The game itself can be downloaded for free, and is available for Microsoft Windows, and OS X (Mac). There are no subscription fees whatsoever, but the option for microtransactions does exist, and special in-game items can be obtained in such fashion —essentially how Riot Games monetizes the product. Regarding official metrics, the game is averaging 27 million players on a daily basis, with 7.5 million of them peaking as concurrent users.
The game’s ever-expanding champions roster boasts more than 120 characters, each featuring a unique look and play-style, and they are divided into six classes (known as Roles):
League of Legends features two fundamental game modes: Classic, and Dominion. Classic demands that you destroy the opponent’s Nexus whilst defending your own. Dominion stipulates that you take hold of the majority of a map’s Capture Points in order to damage the enemy Nexus. Featured maps:
* Summoner’s Rift
* The Twisted Treeline
* Howling Abyss
* The Crystal Scar
How to Bet on League of Legends
The most abundant betting action occurs in the form of match bets, in which you wager on a single game’s result. Odds are lowered due to the fact that draw bets do not exist here, but this is counterbalanced with the simple fact that there are no predominantly favored teams, meaning the odds would very rarely skimp.
Then there are outright bets. Outright bets pay off on the result of an entire league, or tournament, and due to the fluctuating nature this encompasses, they generate remarkably higher odds. Additionally, you can bet which teams from which countries will win the event, and also how far specific regional teams will advance. This, however, yields lower odds than if you were to bet on the tournament’s entire outcome.
Singling out which circumstances determine a potential outcome is easier in games where participants are few. League of Legends, however, is a team effort, thus making victory forecasts and measuring individual skills an exceedingly more intricate matter. Because of this, match handicaps are harder to evaluate. The good news? Establishing good lines becomes much harder for bookmakers, so the possibility for making a lucrative hobby out of League of Legends is there for anyone willing to properly embrace it!
Betting on Professional LoL Events
October is mainly the month to watch out for, since this is when the Super Bowl-equivalent for this MOBA is held! Hosted by the gamemaker itself, Riot Games, the League of Legends World Championship pits the very best professional teams from all over the world against each other in an effort to attain the title of champion, the Summoner’s Cup (which weighs 70 pounds —32 kg), and a grand prize of $1,000,000 (USD)! Finals are held internationally. Below is a list of locations where they have taken place:
* 2011: Jönköping, Sweden
* 2012: Los Angeles, California
* 2013: Los Angeles, California
* 2014: Seoul, South Korea
* 2015: Berlin, Germany
Aside from the regional series, there is an All-Star Event, and also the ULoL Campus Series, where college teams from across the nation battle each other!
* Robert Morris University
* Grand Valley State
* Ohio State University
* University of Manitoba
* Michigan State University
* University of Chicago
* Purdue University
* University of Illinois
* SUNY at Stony Brook
* York University
* University of Toronto
* Harvard University
* Brock University
* University of Maryland
* Boston University
* Temple University
* Texas A&M
* University of Georgia
* University of Texas
* Vanderbilt University
* Florida State
* Georgia Tech
* UT Dallas
* Savannah College of Art & Design
* University of British Columbia
* Simon Fraser University
* Cal State Fullerton
* UC Irvine
* Cal Poly Pomona
* University of Washington
* San Jose State
So what are you waiting for? Join in, have fun, and cash out!