Esports is making stay-at-home players into sporting heroes. That’s because unlike betting on traditional sports, with Esports, the player is the center of the story. As such it is a place where everyone has a fair chance of becoming a professional player and earning a living from home by just practicing their gameplay, rather than relying on the sportsmanship of others. Esports is interactive rather than traditional sports, which requires the fan to sit back and watch.
The global pandemic has given users a chance to practice their skills, as more people have been desperately looking for stay-at-home entertainment while sporting venues and other entertainment venues are closed.
We sat down with Tornike Kipiani and Saba Khimshiashvili of FortuneJack to shed some light on the rise of esports gambling in the traditional sportsbook industry, this is what they had to say:
- Can you start by giving us a brief explanation as to the difference between ESports and Classic Sportsbooks?
Traditional sports require the physical activity of the participants while esports sorely utilize varieties of digital infostructures also known as games to be competing against each other. As for the betting side, the characteristics, as well as the code of behavior of the gambler, defines the choice of playing at esports. Not to mention the uniqueness of the positions to be betting at electronic sports, it offers a wide range of predictions, which makes the overall gambling experience a lot more entertaining.
- Esports has seen explosive success especially in the last year, what do you put that down to?
Generally speaking, Esports is a place where everyone has a fair chance of becoming a professional player and earning a living from home by just practicing the gameplay. On top of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the latest pandemic ongoing all over the world gave them a suitable moment to spend more time practicing the skill set of the digital games, leading the vast majority of them to find out the hidden talent. Most importantly, online casinos along with other business sectors got interested in a rising trend of esports, started investing in similar niche-based projects, all of these together caught millions of people’s attention.
- Is this something that may slow down again after lockdowns are lifted?
The hype might decrease a bit after the lockdown ends, but of course, it’s just the early beginnings of esports, as demand is constantly increasing and more and more people are getting fascinated by the idea of being competitive among other players in a digital world.
- Are ESports vulnerable to live event cancellations?
Digitalizing the traditional sports culture is a long-term process, but it definitely will be mainstreamed in the upcoming years. As for now, traditional sports and electronic ones do live together and don’t interrupt each other in any way possible.
- Does Esports have enough momentum to surpass traditional sports in gambling?
Despite the fact of esports being played by millions of people worldwide as well as the quantity increasing on a daily basis, gamblers will still find a hard time prioritizing esports betting over the traditional sportsbook. However, the potential is huge and the demand could become high enough to replace the current gambling behavior anytime soon.
- How Does FortuneJack engage in this field?
We as an online casino following the rising trends have just started making the first steps of entering the digital world of esports and do plan to offer a lot more to the community besides
traditional betting opportunities. One of the examples that we can talk about is the free-to-play prediction game we had for CS: GO back then, which got thousands of people’s attention, was supported by professional gamblers, and gave varieties of prizes back to the participants.