As stated previously, sports betting and eSports betting is still unavailable in the Last Frontier. When sports betting does become legal for players in the state, eSports betting could quickly become a viable avenue for Alaska’s residents to win a few dollars, and the state to earn valuable additional revenue. However, what exactly are ‘eSports’?
eSports – short for electronic sports – is the umbrella term for organized, competitive gaming which has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Organized eSports events can bring in up to 40 million viewers in the U.S. alone – that’s a higher viewership than the NBA finals, the World Series or even the Oscars.
There are digital versions of real-life sports – like football simulator FIFA. However, most of the top titles are first person shooters or multiplayer fantasy games like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and League-of-Legends.
Most spectators watch from home but eSports competitions attract tens-of-thousands of people to stadiums across the world, and eSports competitions have been transformed into global betting events with the advent of live streaming technology. Developed sports betting markets across the planet offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments through national and international sportsbooks
Watch this site for updates on sports betting becoming legalized in Alaska, in order to take part in legal eSports betting in the state.