What is Overwatch?
Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter, developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
In this game two teams of six players, can each select a hero that have unique play styles, that fit a certain role. There are two main game modes: one, where you need to conquest control points, and the second where you are assigned a payload that you need to get across the map in a certain time limit.
Overwatch in Esports
Overwatch became incredibly popular during the first couple of months since its release, with its ease of access and easy to the eyes art direction attracting a large number of players. The first major tournament was hosted by Eleague in July 2016, with the teams competing for a prize pool of $300,000.
By the end of 2016, Overwatch became one of the most popular games being played in South Korea, leading to the creation of the first tournament of that region, named Apex, but was replaced as of January 2018 by the Blizzard organised Overwatch Contenders League, which in turn, is a part of the Overwatch League.
Overwatch League, features franchised teams, bearing similarities to the North American traditional sports leagues counterparts, with each team representing a city from across the globe.
During the season, teams play 28 matches against each other over a 1 to 1.5 month period, which is separated into 4 stages. Every win and loss counts towards the full-season score, on which depends the seeding for the postseason. Postseason is the playoffs Overwatch tournament, where12 teams compete against each other for the title of Overwatch League Champions and a prize pool of $1,000,000.
Overwatch Contenders, is the development series below the Overwatch League.
Hosted across seven regions, the OWC serves as a proving ground for new talent.
Before you start betting on Overwatch
Overwatch is one of the youngest esports to join the betting scene, but as it is a team based competitive game, it bears a lot of resemblances with other major esports.
The pace of every Overwatch game is very fast, and one lost second or a miscommunication on a team's part can lead to the whole map being lost.
To bet on Overwatch, you should learn which teams prefer which character compositions, what maps ask for which types of strategies, and what teams excel at one thing, but are at a disadvantage at another.
Though due to the franchised teams format for the Overwatch professional scene, teams are able to grow up talent and hone them to become the perfect addition to their rosters.
As the pace of the game is high, the bookmakers offer a lot less markets for the matches, with most of the matchups featuring only the Match Winner market, and rarely, an Asian Handicap market. But through learning every team's playstyle and analysing match replays and by staying up to date, betting on Overwatch will be profitable.
Main betting markets
One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.
This is the market, where you simply bet on which team will reign victorious by the end of the game.
Similar to the Match Winner market, for the Map Winner you choose which team will win by the end of map x.
Due to not all the matchups played being a strict 50-50 in terms of team's strength, this market, which was created long before esports became popular, tries to even out the chances of both sides, by giving the weaker team a positive handicap (advantage), and the stronger team a negative handicap (disadvantage).
With this bet, in order to the win the positive handicap, the team must win the match or lose by less than the handicap's value. In turn, a bet on a side with the negative handicap can only be won if that side wins by more than the handicap's value.
Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.
This type of market is much more prone to team errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the competition.