The eSports market is becoming increasingly popular around the world and there are a host of challenges when it comes to betting on eSports. A recent study was carried out to show how there are concerns around betting on this growing sport.
Mark Johnson of the University of Alberta in Canada and co-author Brett Abarbanel, director of research of the International Gaming Institute looked at what fans thought about the players cheating to win or lose.
The study shows that eSports viewers do not really consider match-fixing much. However, they do believe that the gambling element to the game has caused dishonesty and cheating amongst the players. Viewers were more concerned about players who cheated to win than those who fixed games to lose.
Although there are differing views around how the games are to be managed, the authors of the study are hopeful that it will lead to further discussions within the eSports community bringing the issue to the forefront of the industry.
With the industry booming and looking to grow, even more, there can be a lot of money at stake. This is why the issue needs to be addressed before damage is done to the legitimacy of the sport and those who want to bet on the games.
In Canada, online betting is now the most popular form of gambling however eSports are making an appearance and British Columbia’s PlayNow and Quebec’s Mise-O-Jeu offer the opportunity to bet on these sports. This will be seen to rise as more online gambling sites start to recognize eSports as great gambling opportunities.
Multiple gaming events are being held in Canada this year including Digifest 2019 in Toronto, VRTO 2019, the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality World Conference also in Toronto which will open up the stage for those interested in eSports as well as other areas of technology.