Why eSports matter

Ever since the beginning, human mankind people have been competing against one and another. Competitions like who are the strongest or fastest have been very common and still are today. Fast forwarding to 2017 the spectrum of competitions has expanded a lot. Today there is countless of different sports and games to compete in. All with a different skill set in mind. And the online gaming era has just amplified that.

Eat, breath and sleep eSports

It is very common for people to have gaming as a hobby. As soon as they have some time over on their hands they spend it with the game. Best moments are when they can jump into the world and just play hours without an end. Also, when they’re not playing they are talking about it with friends or watching highlights videos on youtube. When they eat they’re, for example, often thinking about certain details on how to improve or what talent to go for next. During sleep, it is not uncommon that abstract images pop up about the game and a weird sense of connection emerges.
It is fairly safe at this stage to state that the full gaming circle is connected and complete.

Translation of skills

It should not come to anyone’s surprise that this is not always a productive behavior that will produce anything of value in the modern society. More often than not the life dedicated gamer will end up in a losing position in life where they can’t benefit from the skills they have accumulated over the years. It is hard to translate 400 Starcraft APM or a 360 no scoop headshot into real life value. And here is a bit of where eSports and regular sports differ. A regular sportsman can often get a good use for their physical achievements in the working sphere.

Why it matter

This is where eSports come in. Today the paradigm starts to shift and more and more options are starting to open up for regular gamers who never became a pro. For the social gamer, who love to network within the scene, there are tonnes of opportunities on social media. The only thing you basically need is to build an active and stable social channel. It could be a facebook group or a twitter. Once you have a follower base, companies will start to contact you for different advertising deals. Same thing goes if you are into web-design and manage to build a good esports themed website. The same thing here will apply, and you will get offers from others and you suddenly have a business going. And you don’t have to be a coder to do it. The entering port for the web is basically content creation. If you can write about esports then you are in a position of creating unique and desirable text for webmasters. Same thing goes if you are into video making or other forms of artistic creation.

Esports in it self is becoming a real business with a lot of different channels which are open for anyone who wants to enter. It’s not only for the pro gamers anymore.

Dota 2 international

The International 2017 is just one month away now. The Major is the seventh annual edition of the International. The start date for the 5 days event will be 2017-08-07 and continue till 2017-08-12, a total of 18 teams will participate where only one team will be crown as the winner and get a hefty portion of the estimated $20 million prize pool.

 

The tournament actually starts all the way back in June with the Champions Qualifiers back in 20th June and keeps on going till 22nd June. This is for the Four Regional champions qualifiers where the winner of each Champion Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier. Around the same time the Open Qualifiers are running where twelve Regional Single-elimination Open Qualifiers are held, it is split into two brackets for each region where the winners of each Open Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier.
The main Qualifiers starts as soon as the open one ends. The winner from each Main Qualifier will advance directly to the international.

Group stage is held August 2nd – August 5th. All eighteen teams are divided into two groups where they play in a Round Robin format of a best of 2. The top four teams in each group will advance to the upper international bracket of the main event while the bottom team in each group will be eliminated. The remaining teams advance to the Main event.

Main event is held 7th August to 12th August 2017, Sixteen teams will play against each other in a double-elimination format over a six day period.

Some of the teams that have been invited are:

OG, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming, Newbee.

 

Qualified teams are:

Team secret, Planet Dog, Team Empire, iG Vitality, LGD.Forever Young, LGD Gaming, TNC Pro Team, Fnatic, Execration, Team NP, Digital Chaos, Infamous.

It will be a full packed event this year, filled with Dota Super Stars.

 

What make Dota a successful eSports game

eSport is growing as never before and more than 215 million players are watching eSports games. The value of it is a whopping 900 million dollars and it won’t take long before it reaches the 1 billion dollar mark. If we look at the impact of the 19% the scene grew from 2015 to 2016 we can surely estimate that the billion dollar mark will hit this year. One could say that it should slow down since a big chunk of releases today are free to play, which means the developers does not get any payment upon release. They’re relying on in-game purchases to finance their game instead. If you look at 3 good games, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Defenders of the Ancient 2 you can see that they all have one thing in common. You can’t buy power or any in-game advantages for real money (except for experience boost in some cases). All three of these successful games are providing their play community with cosmetics for their heroes/weapons in form of skins. Skins can be purchased for a few dollars which will give your hero a unique look. In games as Dota 2 and CS:GO you can also find, earn and get them from loot boxes which open up new elements since those properties can be traded with other players. From here, a new economy/market has come to existence. We have seen new sites poop up design around the concept of skin trading and even skin betting.

What more needs to have a successful game?

One thing is sure, having a triple A polished game for free helps a lot to build up a player base. We see a lot of promising games die due to the lack of players. To acquire and retain a health player-base should therefore be seen as the highest priority.

Since we just dropped free to play – one of the bigger acquisition bombs – we should now check a few elements which retain the players.

  • Having regular updates to the game
  • Keep the game free from bugs and broken code
  • Interesting game mechanics which is hard to master
  • High skill cap
  • Spectator value
  • eSport capability

 

Our friends on Gamasutra made an excellent post about this where they explain it more in-depth than I ever could.
I recommend you to head over to them to check out more about what keeps an esports game successful.

 

 

 

 

Dota 2 is frikking big!

Dota 2 is the biggest eSports betting game

The universe of eSports may not be as comprehensive as general games seen on regular  TV or membership sports channels, filled with breaks and uninspired ads, however the a huge number of players and fans the world over means there is a developing business sector for the individuals who need to get more required by partaking in esports betting.

Two straight very important elements took Dota 2 to betting. Right off the bat, there are numerous competitions everywhere throughout the world where groups duke it out against each other with a complete winner and loser, and, furthermore there are crazy prize pools related with some of these competitions. So thus there are directions and authorities for every single proficient competition. As of now the record prize-pool for any eSports competition is held by Dota 2, the August 2016 International competition, which is viewed as their big showdowns, had a record $20.8 million in prize cash, $9.1 million of which went to the triumphant group, Wings Gaming.  It is a safe bet to say that the following years will be huge when it comes to Dota 2 tournaments and prize pools.

 

About professional teams

There is a lot of expert players and in addition teams around the globe. Huge organizations have added themselves to the backers list like AMD, Intel and Red Bull who support genius gamers and treat them as any high performing athlete.

 

Let’s start with the beginning, what is Dota 2?

 

Dota 2 is one of the most popular eSport games and goes under the category multiplayer online battle arena and is a  computer game created by Valve as the successor to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was an mod for the very popular game, Warcraft 3. The diversion is accessible through Valve’s gaming platform known as Steam. Steam is the biggest online platform for computer games were different game developers choose to release their game on.

Each match is straight heads-up battle between two groups of five players where the objective is to wreck the main base of the enemy group known as the “Ancient”. Every player controls one of the 113 playable hero characters known as Defenders, each with various forces. Saints start each match with an ordeal level of one yet this expands the more they last through the diversion up to a most extreme of 25. Each level ascent enables them to another battling capacity or increment the intensity of one they as of now have.

Notwithstanding having powers getting more grounded amid the amusement, players can purchase things that give their own extraordinary capacities. Things are not restricted to particular saints, and can be purchased by anybody. Keeping in mind the end goal to get a thing, players must have the capacity to bear the cost of it with gold, which is basically acquired by executing foe legends, pulverizing foe structures, and so forth.. Players additionally continuously get gold after some time amid play.

 

Best places to watch dota2

The most effortless approach to watching fights is presumably Twitch.tv which runs live streams every day in and day out and in addition numerous different eSports tournaments like League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive which is known as CS:GO. Likewise the dota2.com site will indicate real occasions. ESPN is likewise a major supporter of eSports and streams huge occasions on their channels and have an eSports segment that adversaries their scope of Football or NFL. The finals are likewise communicating live on Twitter.

 

Skin and skin betting on Dota 2

There has been a considerable measure of talk in the media about skins for eSports because betting sites accept them as payments to be set up as bets on the matches, consequently enabling underage individuals to basically bet. Dota 2 skins are a restorative thing just and can be acquired to change the presence of your Heroes in the game. They are simply visual and don’t influence the Abilities and powers.

 

How do Dota 2 betting works

A wide range of wagering happen with eSports and Dota 2 is no special case. Standard betting sites offer chances on matches and on most of the tournaments, trades run showcases and even every fantasy sports offer tournaments for all the major eSport games, including Dota 2. On the off chance that you need live betting activity with wagering coverage a good betting site is ideal.

 

Skin betting Dota 2

Dota 2 skin betting

It just came to my mind that’s possible to trade and earn money with dota 2 skins.  Have anyone of you tried dota 2 skin betting? To me, it looks like a really fun thing to do and I  should definitely try it. I have a few skins already in my Steam account and contemplating to try out ggBETs eSports betting service. They accept skins as a currency for betting. I read a bit about it and it seems quite simple,  to be honest.

On their homepage for skin deposits or, skinpay – They explain it like this.

  1. You select “Skinpay” from your profile under deposit options.
  2. From Skinpay you select the skin you want to sell.
  3. A bot creates an offer and takes them from your account, this will take a couple of seconds.
  4. Your gg.bet account will be replenished within 15 minutes once you accepted the trade with your steam mobile application.

Sounds easy enough to me.

Dota 2 skin gambling

There are other sites as well that offer skin deposits and gambling. Except for regular eSports betting there seems to be normal, traditional casino gambling for it as well.
On one site they actually offer roulette, you are basically betting with your skins and hope to hit your color in a roulette inspired fashion.

skin betting roulette

It works by placing your skin on red, green or black. Where Red and black is 1:1 and green 7:1. If you place your bet on black and win, you will double your initial bet, so if your skin is worth 10 credit and you hit, you’ll double your amount to 20 credits. Betting on red works the same way.
However, if you bet on green, which is worth 7:1 you would get 80 credits from your initial 10 credit bet. But the catch is of course, that it is much harder to hit.

At this instant it seems to be only played with CS:GO skins when it comes to roulette. For me, it does not really matter since I am more interested betting on eSports since that is the scene I follow and know by heart.

Over and out, see you on the battlefield!