If you are into gaming, it is very likely you have ever played a game of the popular Counter-Strike game series, that has been going strong since its creation at the turn of the millennium. The game has millions of unique players and peaks of 600,000 players playing the game at the same time is no exception. The popularity has led to a massive competitive scene and as the tournaments and prize pools got bigger, so got the attention from the gambling world. If you are new to the world of eSports or betting on Esports, feel free to continue reading and get to learn what it is all about.
What is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, often abbreviated as CS:GO is a first person shooter that is played by two teams consisting of 5 players each. One team plays the terrorist team whose goal it is to plant the bomb in one of the bomb sites before the round timer runs out, while the goal of the second team, the counter-terrorists, is to eliminate the terrorists or defuse the bomb in time in case the terrorists managed to plant it.
Every round that is won counts as a point and a CS:GO map is typically played in a best of 30 format, meaning that the first team to reach 16 points will win the map. After 15 rounds the teams switch positions, which means both teams get an equal chance of winning a map. A game can be played over multiple maps and is mostly best of 3 or best of 1.
What makes CS:GO unique is the economy system of buying weapons and items to complete the team objectives, as money is not unlimited and based on the individual and the team performance throughout the game. This means that every round can be a complete different round and teams often string together round wins, as the other team might have to save up.
Competitive CS:GO tournaments are being organised throughout the whole year and can be played in a lot of different types of formats going from a league system with play-offs to a single elimination tournament with a qualifiers. Even though the game is mainly played online, the major tournaments with the biggest prize pools are being played offline and are often held in big sports and entertainment venues such as the Barclays Center in New York (home of the Brooklyn Nets) and London’s Wembley Arena.
Betting on CS:GO
Betting on CS:GO has known increased popularity not only because of the ever-growing eSports industry but also because it is a relatively new market, which means players can find good value in bets by well preparing their bets. Upsets are not uncommon in CS:GO, which makes it the perfect sport for the occasional better looking to make a high profit out of a small stake. Gambit Esports for example managed to surprise everyone by taking down the PGL Major in Krakow, even though being priced at the odds of 50 to 1.
While the most popular betting markets are the outright odds for bigger tournaments and match odds for single games, more bet types can be found such as round winners, round handicaps, map handicaps, correct scores,… Also games can be followed easily, as most events can be followed on popular streaming sites such as Twitch.
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