Fresh off the back of the success of the Fortnite World Cup, the summer of eSports continues as attention switches to the O2 Arena in London this weekend.
While the prizes on offer for the players are huge, there are also major opportunities to win big through esports betting too, which all contributes to its steady growth.
The winner of last weekend’s tournament took home a cool $3m, as per CNBC, and there is no doubt that the concept is growing both in popularity and investment as time goes on.
Still only 16 years of age and practicing six hours a day, the winner of the Fortnite World Cup has put the hard graft in to get to the position he’s in now, and so there is no doubting the commitment and effort that goes behind it.
While some may still scoff at the idea of eSports in general, it’s undoubtedly becoming more prevalent and influential as the years go on.
This weekend will see the best of the bunch descend on London to battle it out over the FIFA eWorld Cup, and while the prize is merely just $250,000 this time round, it just goes to show that there is no ignoring the rising prominence of the sport.
32 of the best FIFA 19 players will take part, coming from all corners of the world, and after initially being split into groups, it will come down to the two best players to duke it out for the prize and title through a combination of Xbox and PS4 players, as explained by BBC Sport.
The landscape of the sport will continue to develop and change moving forward, as the rise of Fortnite will undoubtedly see it surpass the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike as the two most popular games to bet on from last year.
With significant interest from both a playing perspective and those who wish to observe and support the rise of the sport in general, it’s an incredible time to be part of it as it promises to simply reach headier heights as time goes on.
However, the betting aspect will also follow it too as perhaps with a keen eye on the established players and those who are still perfecting their craft, there will be opportunities to win big money as with any other sport.
An element of form could go out and window and make it much more unpredictable, but just as players get a huge thrill from playing it and going for major prizes, there is certainly a market out there for those who love to gamble.