It's one thing to be an underdog in video games. But then that was back when people were just talking smack about on the forums. Now professional betting agencies are joining the fray — and the odds don't look good for two Australian teams.
The world's largest Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament kicked off in earnest last night — and it's not going well for us. Renegades and Team Immunity have a chance to redeem themselves and the Southern Cross later this evening, but it's not looking likely.
That's the opinion of the general public, anyway. But it seems like Sportsbet, which now allows Australians to bet on a variety of video games, doesn't rate their chances either.
In most NRL matches, odds of $1.35 to $3.03 would be a walk in the park. $1.10 to $6? That's a spanking and a half.
Betting on eSports is in its relative infancy so there aren't any alternatives like margin or handicap betting, only the end result. And in fairness to Sportsbet, I don't think even the Immunity boys are expecting to get a victory this evening.
Still, if I was a player it'd be hard to look at. Forums are one thing. Having that lack of faith crystallised on Sportsbet though? That's no fun.
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