Canadian gambling site reports major increase in eSports betting

News on 22 Aug 2018

With one of the premier eSports tournaments – The International – currently running in Vancouver, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation has reported that betting on video games, including tournament outcomes, is becoming increasingly popular.

BCLC has offered bets on eSports via its site since July of 2015, and says the vertical has since ballooned in popularity, although it does not yet have the same mainstream pull as hockey and football.

Nevertheless, over the 16-month April 2017 to July 2018 BCLC notes that PlayNow saw a 600 percent increase in total wagers, and a 145 percent jump in the number of bettors, and ranks the vertical the eighth most popular type of sports bet it takes.

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