Shortly after the release of Overwatch this May, the game quickly gained a strong and significant fan base, with around 20 million people reportedly playing worldwide. In South Korea, the game has reached a 33% market share and overtook League of Legends as the most popular game.
For the esports betting industry, this means that there is potential new market and RTSmunity has now moved to make live betting available. This follows on from Betgenius who began offering live odds for the title in August. As RTSmunity told Esports Insider, mathematizing the game and coming up with the required algorithms was far from an easy task because Overwatch combines the attributes of MOBA and FPS (first person shooter).
At RTSmunity’s base in Prague data and game analysts have spent months working on the new game’s probabilities. Pavol Krasnovsky, CEO of RTSmunity noted: “We have experience with quantification MOBA games such as Dota 2 and FPS such as CS:GO, so Overwatch was a logical next step.”
Currently, the odds are provided for tournaments such as ESL and OGN.
This week at EiG Berlin (18 – 20 October), the Overwatch live odds will be demonstrated at a demo match. Attendees can watch the professional esports team eSuba, which be playing the game on the first day of the conference. The audience will have a change to place ‘mock’ in-play bets with the winner of the wagering competition gaining an ‘access all areas’ ticket to ICE Vox worth over £1500.
Esports Insider: With Overwatch’s increasing popularity the formation of live betting markets was a matter of when not if. RTSmunity has joined Betgenius in offering this, and interested parties at EiG Berlin should get in touch.