Betting on eSports: League of Legends: a quick look at the game

April 16, 2018

League of Legends is the most played videogame worldwide with over 100 million players per month. This number is a rough estimate by the game developer Riot Games and might be affected by people having multiple accounts, although it is safe to say that League of Legends is the most popular game worldwide. This has led to a massive competitive scene as well, with professional leagues, millions of fans and games being watched by millions of viewers at the same time. Over the years, League of Legends has also become one of the most popular eSports to bet on.

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends, abbreviated as LoL, is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) where teams of 5 players pick their own champions, which have different stats and abilities. Both teams start at the opposing sides of a map, close to their Nexus. Once a team manages to destroy the opponents Nexus, they have won the game.

Before teams can get to the Nexus they must fight through a series of turrets on the paths to the base, also referred as lanes.  Champions can level up and gain extra abilities by killing enemy champions, enemy minions and defeating neutral monsters. Completing these objectives rewards gold, which can be used to buy items to improve champions.

A League of Legends match typically consists out of multiple games, with most games being played best of 3 or best of 5, with teams alternating sides of the map.

How is League of Legends played as a professional eSport

As opposed to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive where a lot of tournaments are being held all over the world with teams participating from all over the world, League of Legends is mostly being played in a League system, with teams competing against other teams from their own region with a promotion/relegation system. Typically, 2 seasons or ‘splits’ are being played over a year, during spring and summer. The most popular LoL leagues in the world are the LCK (South Korea), LPL (China) and LCS (one in Europe, one in North America)

The best teams out of all the different leagues qualify for the World Championship, which is typically played in October each year. This is the biggest League of Legends event of the year, with millions of viewers and millions of dollars to play for. Over the last four years the game is being dominated by Korean teams, with SK Telecom T1 as the main example.

Betting on League of Legends on Unibet

Over the last few years League of Legends has become a very popular eSport to bet on, for various valid reasons. First of all games are fast paced and action-packed, which make it interesting to watch and to bet on in-play. Games can easily be found online as each league has their own Twitch channel showing all the games. The game is an analytical game as, which makes it a perfect sport for experienced betters who like to prepare their bets.

The most popular bets are the match winner bets for every specific match, however betting on single maps tends to be popular as well given the higher odds for favourite teams. Alternative bets, such as map handicaps, correct scores and over/under total maps are often offered as well.

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