Gamblecast: Interview with eSports Specialist Chase Wassenar

Gamblecast: Interview with eSports Specialist Chase Wassenar

eSports is the fastest growing betting market right now, with betting consultants projecting that punters around the globe will place up to $12.9 billion USD on video games by 2020.

The rise for competitive video-gaming from underground subculture to mainstream mover has been somewhat meteoric in the West, and betting markets have followed quite quickly. This, however, is not the same in places like Korea, where games like Starcraft and CS:GO have been followed at a professional level for two decades.

The eSports section at online bookmakers is often given good real estate i.e prominence on the homepage. This indicates that the bookies already understand the value, and potential further value, of eSports as a betting option for punters the world over.

Still, eSports is becoming more popular, but will there be a point in time where something like the EU LCS sits on a par with the Superbowl or the World Cup in terms of betting activity? It's difficult to tell. But, if recent trends are anything to go by, then there is a real possibility down the line.

In this episode of Gamblecast, Richard Delaney, specials contributor for Gambling.com, sits down with Chase Wassenar, eSports specialist, former League of Legends coach and writer for Unikrn (an e-sports only bookie) to chart the success of eSports and ask the question - what's next for betting on gaming?

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Interview with eSports Specialist Chase Wassenar | Gamblecast Podcast

Podcast Highlights:

9:25 | "I think what we're seeing is people stepping up from teams and leagues as a whole to bring in a more welcoming environment for everyone [in eSports]."

18:30 | Are there any differences between eSports bettors and a regular sports bettor?

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