Overwatch was released in spring 2016 from Blizzard Entertainment and quickly exploded in popularity with millions of players daily. The year after its launch, the game also won two awards for “the game of the year” and “best design” at Game Developer’s Choice Awards (GDCA) which further speaks to how successful it has become.
Overwatch is a first-person shooter game (FPS) which is played in two teams of six on each side. During tournaments and competitions the top bookmakers outside the US have several markets available, most of all you’ll find odds for the game’s official league OWL – Overwatch League.
Note: Unfortunately, no US jurisdictions have legal Overwatch betting yet, so it is currently unavailable to Americans. Odds listed below are from European bookmakers, meaning not offered to those betting from the US. As soon as the legal betting market for Overwatch opens in the US, we will offer the best places to bet and odds from top New Jersey sportsbooks and top Pennsylvania sportsbooks.
Before you craft a good betting strategy some general knowledge of the game is required. To wager blindly is always risky and not very fun in the long run.
An important factor in what makes Overwatch so popular among esports is that there’s a lot of different ways to play the game and to win, unlike games like League of Legends and DOTA 2. The game is played on several different maps, set in different places around the world, and the objectives to win vary across the maps.
The win condition could, for example, be to capture the enemy’s flag, to simply kill more enemies than the opponent or to escort an objective from one side of the map to the other while the opposing team is trying to stop you.
There’s close to 30 characters – or heroes – to choose from in the game, and each has it’s own unique abilities and playstyle. They can be divided into four categories:
Overwatch League (OWL) is the game’s global eSports league featuring the best players from around the world. It’s mainly from OWL that you can find markets to place bets on. The league’s huge headquarters is based in Los Angeles where there’s an arena from which they broadcast all the games live.
All teams in the Overwatch League is divided into two divisions (Pacific and Atlantic) and represent cities with their team names such as London Spitfire, Los Angeles Excelsior, Seoul Dynasty and Dallas Fuel, just to name a few.
The winners of each division are joined by the four other teams - that managed to gain the most points during the season - for the playoffs where they compete for millions of dollars. Each team consists of 6-12 players and during a season every team encounters the others at least four times on four different maps.
The season lasts for several months which means that there are multiple markets to bet on.
Aside from the OWL there’s markets for Overwatch Contenders, which is a tournament for players not yet drafted to the highest league.
Something very popular to bet on is the Overwatch World Cup. Qualified nations are divided into four groups and only the top two countries from each group advances to the world cup.
Good advice before you wager is to look at earlier results of the team you have in mind. Both the 2016 and the 2017 world cup was won by South Korea, for example, which can be good to know.
They’re regarded as the strongest Overwatch nation in the world by quite a large margin. But since there’s a year between each world cup things might have changed so don’t trust last year’s placings blindly.
You should also compare odds at different betting sites for eSports to make sure you pick the highest odds and can maximize your winnings.
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