The Best eSports Teams to Back When eSports Betting
Online eSports betting has rapidly grown into multi-million-dollar industry, with all top-rated bookmakers offering wagers on local and international tournaments. While the industry is still relatively new, there are some competitors that have certainly risen above the crowd and stamped their dominance on the sport. Take a look at the best eSports teams worth betting on:
Officially ranked as the highest earning competitors in the world, Team Liquid have amassed over $24 million in earnings and sponsorship revenue since their launch in 2001. They started their journey as a gaming community website. By 2010, they had a sponsored StarCraft team and soon expanded to sponsor highly competitive player groups in a full range of gaming genres. Over the years, Liquid has participated in more than 1130 tournaments. Their most notable win came when they won the Dota 2 International 7 with a 3-0 victory over Newbee.
Based out San Francisco, Evil Geniuses is a North American company founded by Alexander Garfield. The gaming association competes in multiple eSports games including Dota 2, CS:GO, Street Fighter and Call of Duty. Founded in 1999, Evil Geniuses is one of the most successful brands to date, with over $16 million in prize money alone. Their Dota 2 team also leads the winning table, and they were doing very well in StarCraft II until they disbanded this player group in 2017.
Newbee is a Chinese gaming company that was founded by pro player xiao8 and sponsored by billionaire Wang ‘Niuwa’ Yue. Arriving on the scene in 2014, Newbee focuses mainly on Dota 2, Hearthstone and League of Legends. Since 2014, the company has already won over $12 million in prize money and competed in multiple eSports leagues around the globe. In 2014 Newbee set a World Guinness record for the highest cash prize when they won the Dota 2 International for $5 million. Last year they were runners up at the Dota 2 T7 and seem to maintain their high standards with each passing year.
Founded in 2009, LGD Gaming is Chinese gaming company sponsored by Guizhou Laogandie Food. The gaming company has a division in Dota 2 and League of Legends, with highly rated teams in both genres. In the 8 years that they have been in operation, they have won over $8 million in prize money and finished top 3 in multiple events. While they have never won a major event, they are steadily rising through the ranks and eSports betting enthusiasts should keep a close eye on them.
Fnatic was founded in 2004 and has its headquarters in London. The gaming company consists of talented players from all corners of the globe competing in multiple games and genres. If you are going to be enjoying a bit of eSports betting, Fnatic is a name you should look out for. In 2011, their LoL team won their first World Championship, putting them on the map. Today, they hold the most LoL Championship Series split titles. Their Fnatic Counterstrike competitors are also some of the top rated in the world, winning three CS:GO Majors and plenty of other smaller tournaments.
Other Notable Mentions
The above-mentioned list includes just a few of the best eSports teams that are making their way through the leagues and tournaments. There are those that have yet to win a title, but show constant levels of talent and the potential for greatness.
Other names that you should be looking out for when eSports betting include Wings Gaming, SK Telekom T1, Cloud9, 100 Thieves, Luminosity Gaming, Invictus Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Vici Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 and Edward Gaming.