Tabcorp, best known in Australia for running TAB, has partnered with US gambling start-up Unikrn and is now allowing its members to bet on eSports. Through its Luxbet website, you can now bet on the outcome of League of Legends and Counter-Strike tournaments.
"eSports are a major sport," said Tabcorp chief executive David Attenborough, speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald.
To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised its taken this long for Tabcorp to get on board with gambling on eSports.
An eSports tab has already been implemented on the Luxbet website, and is currently featured on the front page of the site. It looks as if Tabcorp is really looking to go big with eSports gambling. They have concerns regarding corruption at the highest level — we've seen fixing controversies dominate headlines, most recently with Counter-Strike. Attenborough told the Sydney Morning Herald that cutting-edge, existing technology would be used to monitor strange results. "Every single move is captured," he said.
With this, and Heroes of the Storm featuring on ESPN 2. eSports is seriously making a play for the mainstream.
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