When the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in 2020, esports remained largely unscathed. As live sports events were canceled due to social distancing norms, esports transitioned to an online format. The near-seamless transition was due to the industry’s experience hosting online events for years. So how did that affect LAN events when it comes to esports betting?
Esports Betting for LAN
Bookies flocked to esports to bring volume to their platforms. But moving online brought significant changes on how to approach bets. Betting on online esports matches can be significantly different than betting on players at a live event. There are many factors affecting online matches that are non-existent in LAN tournaments.
Teams face no ping issues on LAN. But online is a completely different beast as ping becomes an extremely important factor. The choice of server, player locations and internet issues can cause massive problems for teams. At the highest levels, small changes in ping could mean the difference between a map win or a loss. Bettors can scout social media or study a team’s past matches to see if they are consistently having connection issues. This can make or break bets in esports betting based on teams in a LAN or online tournament.
Past online results
How should bettors judge a team’s performance