Although many major sports are starting to return it seems there may be some further delay in other areas too as the pandemic continues to sweep across the US – and it’s looking as if having fans in attendance may be a long way off as stadiums will remain closed to the public.

Fortunately, there has been a growth in esports over the past few years and is worth checking out if it’s something new to you – so should you give it a try?

Diversity in games – One of the big benefits is the huge diversity in games that are played, whilst there are some familiar names as the NBA has launched its own esports platform in the NBA 2K league, there are also a growing number of other genres with the most popular being in first-person shooters, multiplayer online battle arenas, and battle royale games currently at the top of the list. There are some smaller genres that are popular too and so you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

Online and offline competition – Unlike traditional sporting events which are only played offline in the big stadiums and training grounds, esports has the best of both worlds – with a number of events per year held offline with live crowds in attendance, there are a growing number of online events that can be streamed for free with live chat for fans to communicate, with both officially run events and community-run events there’s plenty to watch online whilst many other events have been canceled – many of these online events are taking place around the world at similar times too so you’ll always have something to watch in one region or another.

A growing betting scene – If you’re looking for some familiarity then you may be in luck too as the esports betting scene is growing very quickly and is available for all of the major titles, often through your usual operator too as many have moved to support the growth of esports. There have been a number of recent changes that may impact some as the increased authority granted to initiatives such as Gamstop had been made mandatory for all operators, fortunately, many have chosen to register outside of where the regulation can operate and Max give a great non gamstop list available for esports betting and regular betting too.

Esports also brings something a little more unique as the ability to communicate and engage with many of your favorite teams and players as the streaming platforms used for the games both in competition and for leisure are very interactive, many of the games played are also free and provide an opportunity for you to play too in a bid to better understand and appreciate what is happening. At first, that is where the difficulty may come from, as some may be a little difficult to understand at first but as you watch and participate more, it will become much easier to understand and may inform your betting choices.