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The coronavirus pandemic has proved a huge challenge for the entire betting community, with bookmakers confronted with a situation which they never thought they’d face.
The predicament in which the world of sport finds itself has propelled the obscure Belarusian Premier League to many living rooms around the globe. With all due respect to this league, though, Belarus only ranks 25th in UEFA’s country coefficients and is certainly not in contention to break in to the Top 10, be it in terms of the level of football on offer or scale of fan interest in this league.
Esports, which until fairly recently flew relatively under the radar, is now helping people cope in these challenging times. While the esports industry has suffered losses due to the coronavirus pandemic as the format of a number of tournaments has been changed (and some events have been cancelled altogether), unlike traditional sports, it can be held completely online.
The hashtag #stayathome has become a fixture of our lives in recent weeks, but how are you supposed to entertain yourself when you’re stuck at home? YouTube has reduced video quality to relieve stress on its network, and the online service Steam has seen a record number of active players.
Footballers such as Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Fernando Llorente and Thibaut Courtois, have also taken part in esports events while in lockdown. Professional sportspeople have even started to face-off in mini-tournaments, with footballers taking to the virtual pitch, and racing drivers vying for victory on virtual Formula 1 tracks. NHL stars generally prefer to stick to what they know best, but many of them have turned their attention to other sports.
As a result, bookmakers have been able to offer new events to partially normalise their workflow. In the present circumstances, then, 1xBet is delighted to have been focusing on this area of the market for a number of years. Our company offers a wide range of esports options from which punters can choose, including popular sports simulators, CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends. We also have plenty to offer fans of WarCraft III and StarCraft: Brood War. Given the growing interest in esports, we are constantly working to add new tournaments and new types of bets.
Of course, elite sports, such as the English Premier League, Grand Slam tournaments and the NBA will be back at some point. However, while they’re on ice, esports is in full swing.