Twitch Reacts To eSports Popularity With Its Own Directory

Online Sportsbooks Are Happy As Twitch Reacts To eSports Popularity With Its Own Directory With Call Of Duty Events As Live Sports Are Shutdown

Online Sportsbooks Are Happy As Twitch Reacts To eSports Popularity With Its Own Directory With Call Of Duty Events As Live Sports Are Shutdown

Most live sports and sporting events have been shutdown on a global scale since mid-March. This was the same time that COVID-19 started to gain its global stronghold. Without live sports or sporting events, sport betting also took a big hit.

In response, the biggest commercial online sportsbooks needed a few weeks to adjust. However, close to two months later, you would be amazed at what you can bet on these days. One of the big beneficiaries of the situation has been eSports.

Why Does Twitch React To eSports Popularity With Its Own Directory?

There is a strong following behind eSports from gamers themselves. Competitions are routinely staged for games such as Call of Duty and Fortnite. The top contests offer millions in prize money for the ‘best of the best’ pro players.

Before the coronavirus health crisis, a few online sportsbooks would offer very limited betting opportunities for the biggest eSports competitions. Suddenly in the absence of live sports, these virtual competitions are attracting the attention of traditional sports bettors.

Back in March, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved gambling on a few eSports events. More have been added since then. However, the gaming board still requires betting approval on an event by event basis.

Twitch has grown in popularity in recent years as a live video streaming service. The video platform is geared towards gamers of types. The site is operated by Twitch Interactive, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.

Twitch has added an eSports Directory to sort out all the live events. Clicking onto the eSports tab in the directory, there are eight different headings as follows:

  1. All Games
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. League of Legends
  4. Fortnite.
  5. Apex Legends
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
  8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Rocket League

As you can see, most of the listings are for combat games. The directory is geared towards iGames with actual competitive leagues. Other eSports betting such as iRacing, FIFA eWorld Cup, NBA 2K 20 are staging competitions but in piecemeal fashion. There is also a sub-directory, which shows games with active competitive leagues.

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From a competitive standpoint, YouTube has the coverage rights for the Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League. Twitch basically covers everything else. This includes competitions for pro players for those two eSports games.

The new directory is meant to keep fans abreast of everything that is going on. It can also act as an excellent resource for anyone new to the world of virtual gaming.

Live sports will not be grounded forever. Yet, the current window as been a boon to eSports as the only game in town. Whether this lasts past the shutdown for the average sports fan remains to be seen.

It is still going to be tough keeping mainstream sports bettors interested in eSports. That task becomes even harder once the NBA, NHL and MLB return to playing actual games. However, eSports is in a much better position to attract mainstream attention than ever before.

Drake Achilles

Drake Achilles

Drake Achilles Drake Achilles is's senior news reporter. When Drake was growing up, he used to watch his father and their friends play poker in the basement of their home in Denver Colorado. As he got older, he started having poker games with his friends and had a dream to go to the world series of poker. While Drake was in UCLA, he majored in journalism. He supported himself by playing online poker and in offline games. After putting himself through school, he put linked his favorite hobby and his profession. Drake joined part time in November 2015 while working on other igaming review portals. After one year, he began to work full time at When Drake isn't working, he loves to go fishing, go on vacations, and play in basketball leagues. Drake continues to play poker online and is always looking for ways to improve his game.

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