Nevada greenlights eSports gambling for Counter-Strike
By Bob Garcia
Sportsbooks can now offer lines on tournaments for the popular video game
The sports betting industry has been taking one of the hardest hits due to the outbreak of COVID-19, causing most business activity to completely shut down. Even if sports gambling can happen online, there is nothing to bet on if all sports activity has been canceled; therefore, some states are looking for additional options to provide something to bet on. Nevada has made the decision to allow licensed operators to offer wagers in one league that is still running, the eSports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s ESL Pro League Season 11: North America.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has granted the authorization last Wednesday for people to place bets on the league, offering three different wagering options. There will be Head to Head, Match Winner and Overall Season Champion bets. Before offering this service in full, each bookmaker must comply with certain guidelines for the ESL season. The matches started on March 16, and have 24 teams competing in the series. This is an alternative for some people to have some kind of online betting action in Nevada.
The eSports industry has clearly gained a lot of ground in recent years, and even more since the coronavirus hit, which has led to more tournaments and leagues being held, both in Nevada and online. As the eSports leagues are still more popular in younger populations, this also brings an opportunity for sportsbooks to bring new customers. In order to offer eSports betting, companies need to send a request to the Enforcement division and all bets must stop once the game has started, as no in-game wagering is allowed.