More Money Bet On Esports than Hockey in 2016

“As of today, esports wager count is 10% ahead of Ice Hockey for 2016” – Marco Blume – Trading Director, Pinnacle.

It’s apparent that esports is becoming rival for many traditional sports boardcasted online and TV. Cash betting within esports has gradually become an extremely large aspect of  esports live events. Pinnacle esports are one of the largest esports bookmakers who recently won the EGR Intel Award for Operator of the Year.

Pinnacle sport state that they are ‘witnessing phenomenal growth in esports betting’. The betting count year on year is up 127%, pre game count up 111% and live bet count up 403%.


Pinnacle’s figures state that Dota2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive are leading in cash money betting across the globe. This figure may be representative of Valve’s crack down on skin betting with total of 23 skin betting gambling sites shut down due to a violation notice being issued.

“We are aware that you are operating one of the gambling sites listed below,” wrote Karl Quackenbash, general counsel to Valve Corporation, in the letter sent out to various communities. “You are using Steam accounts to conduct this business. Your use of Steam is subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (‘SSA’).”

The info-graphic below provided by Pinnacle, League of Legends also sees a 98% increase in the number of bets placed.


Pinnacle had their first esports bet back in 2010 on Starcraft. After 4 years in December 2014 they have completed over 1 million esports bets at Pinnacle alone.
Could this figure change in 2017?

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