Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Dota 2 Lead the Esports Betting Market in 2023

Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Dota 2 Lead the Esports Betting Market in 2023

29. January 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

The 2023 “Abios Leaderboard” report unveils significant insights into the esports betting market. Counter-Strike has emerged as the dominant force, capturing a whopping 56% of all esports bets. Following close behind are two other gaming titans: League of Legends (LoL) and Dota 2, with 24% and 14% respectively.

Esports Betting Market Breakdown:

  • Counter-Strike: Leads with 56% of total esports bets.
  • League of Legends: Holds a significant 24% share.
  • Dota 2: Commands a respectable 14%.

Valorant Gains Traction

Valorant, the newer entrant in the esports arena, has carved out its niche, accounting for 3% of the betting volume, making it the fourth most popular game in the betting community.

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Source of Data:

  • The data is sourced from the betting houses powered by Kambi, a network operating in regulated markets and collaborating with over 40 operators globally.

Popularity Across Leagues and Regions

Counter-Strike’s Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro League have been particularly popular among bettors, with 10% and 9% of Kambi’s betting volume, respectively.

Regional Preferences:

  • Counter-Strike: Most wagered on in North America and Europe.
  • League of Legends: Preferred in Latin America.
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Starcraft 2: Notable in LATAM and NA/Europe respectively.

Top Counter-Strike Teams in Betting

2023 saw these five teams as favorites among Counter-Strike bettors:

  1. G2 Esports
  2. Team Vitality
  3. FaZe Clan
  4. Team Liquid
  5. Cloud9

Popular Betting Types in Esports

Match odds betting leads the pack, followed by Map Handicap and Total Kills (player propositions).

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Betting Trends:

  • The Abios report highlights the growing significance of player propositions.
  • A notable 60% of all bets are placed live, during the gameplay, indicating the dynamic nature of in-game betting.

Dominance in the Esports Betting Landscape

The Abios Leaderboard 2023 report sheds light on the evolving dynamics of the esports betting market. For enthusiasts and bettors alike, staying informed and understanding these trends is crucial in navigating the esports betting landscape effectively.