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ESL Pro League Finals Betting Preview and Favorites

ESL Pro League Finals has just begun. This is one of the most important CS:GO tournaments of the year, having 16 world-class participants and offering $600,000 in prizes. The event takes place in Odense, Denmark between December 3rd – 8th and provides numerous esports betting chances for those who want to bet on CS:GO. [related_operator] ESL Pro League Finals Participants and Format ESL Pro League Finals brings together 16 teams. For the Group Stage, these teams will be divided into two groups: Group A Natus Vincere TYLOO FaZe Clan MIBR Heroic 100 Thieves Fnatic Evil Geniuses This is a very tough group, with Na’Vi, FaZe, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic and MIBR having good chances of qualifying. In principle, it should be FaZe, EG and Na’Vi that qualify for the Playoffs. But it will come down to tournament form. It’s perfectly possible that one of these teams will play worse than people expect and leave room for the others. Group B Astralis Grayhound G2 Esports Sharks Esports Mousesports ATK North Team Liquid In Group B, the big favorites are Astralis, Team Liquid and mousesports. G2 and North also have a remote chance to advance to the Playoffs, but it’s going to be very difficult for them to do anything against these three opponents. Arguably, Astralis and Team Liquid are the best teams in the world at the moment and they will likely have an easy tournament until the Playoffs Stage. So the only real question is: who will take 3rd place? And the statistics clearly indicate that mousesports is by far the most likely candidate for that. ESL Pro League Finals Prize Distribution ESL Pro League Finals offers $600,000 in prizes. The money will be distributed among the 16 teams in the following way: 1st place: $250,000 2nd place: $80,000 3rd – 4th place: $40,000 5th – 6th place: $20,000 7th – 8th place: $17,000 9th – 12th place: $15,000 13th – 16th place: $14,000 ESL Pro League Finals Favorites The big favorites for winning ESL Pro League Finals are Astralis, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses. Astralis Astralis is currently the best team in the world. They’re also the winners of two big tournaments that took place over the last four weeks: IEM XIV Beijing and ECS Season 8 Finals. Going into ESL Pro League Finals, Astralis is expected to at least reach the Grand Final. Team Liquid Team Liquid is the second best team in the world, even though Evil Geniuses is sitting at number 2 in the global rankings. Their roster has remained unchanged for an entire year and that gives them a lot of confidence in tournaments. Because they know exactly how to approach each situation as a team. At their latest tournament, ECS Season 8 Finals, Liquid lost in the Grand Final to Astralis (1 – 2). Overall, they played in 11 Grand Finals this season and won 6 of them. Going into ESL Pro League Finals, Liquid is expected to finish in the top 4. Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses is a team with a very high ceiling but also a very low floor. Sometimes they win, other times they mess up quite badly. Over the last six weeks, they won a big title at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 and finished 5th – 6th, 5th – 6th and 3rd – 4th at three other big events. This shows consistency but not necessarily in a good way. They’re no doubt an excellent team, but they seem to be out of shape. Going into ESL Pro League Finals, I expect them to finish 3rd – 4th.

The World of Gaming online

Take a closer look at online gaming with our guide to this global phenomenon

Gaming online has seen a massive increase in popularity over the last few years, largely down to the way that mobile phone technology has developed. The numbers of people who play online games has risen massively. Almost everyone you know, including people over the age of 40 who are not necessarily the first people who spring to mind when you mention online computer games, will have played some form of online game in the last few weeks.
This has been partly due to social media, of course, which provides accessible platforms where almost anyone can find games to play that suit their lifestyle and interests. Sports games have become very popular, while we have all heard about games like Candy Crush.
Other types of online computer games remain very popular with younger people who like to play online games. Massive multi-player online games, often referred to as ‘MMOs’, remain hugely popular. World of Warcraft, for example, has become a cultural phenomenon that extends far beyond people’s computer screens or gaming mobile phones and has spawned books, a movie and other cultural products.
Here, we will take a closer look at the world of gaming online and at some of the gaming trends associated with it.

What is gaming online and how do you get started?

Even if you have no interest at all in the digital world or technology, the chances are pretty high that you will have heard of online gaming. It is, of course the act of playing games on the internet. There is tremendous variety in the number and types of games that you can play online nowadays, though. From retro arcade games, to intellectual puzzles, to role playing games, to traditional board games like Scrabble, you really can play almost anything you want online these days.
According to Juniper Research’s published white paper, the numbers of people who now play online games regularly is huge. The Newzoo 2018 Global Games Market Forecast stated that mobile gaming  and mobile games has been raising online casino revenue. The proportion rose from 18% in 2012 to 51% by 2018. The Newzoo report also predicted that this trend will continue, and it expected gaming online to contribute up to 59% by 2021.
There are also significant geographical trends in the world of online gaming. In November 2018, China made up almost 28% of global mobile gaming revenue, according to tech website iWeb. Japan is another country which makes a massive contribution to the wealth generated by gaming online. A big role in this is played by the way that gamers in Asia have moved away from their computer screens in recent years and started to use gaming mobile phones.

Online gaming and esports betting

It is possible now to pick up skins during online gaming which can be used to bet on esports. Skins are items that improve the cosmetic appearance of your character in some online games. They do not usually have any effect on the actual gaming performance of the character. They are a particular feature of games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Defense of the Ancients 2.
Gamers soon found another use for these skins as competitive esports grew in popularity over the last decade. As esports became more popular, increasing numbers of people wanted to bet on the matches and events for games like CS:GO, Dota2 and the International tournament.
While the betting companies were lagging behind demand, many gamers started betting using the skins that they had collected from their own gaming activities. This allowed gamers to use their skins as a kind of virtual currency for betting.
It is also possible to sell skins for real money, something that means successful esports skins bettors can actually make some genuine profit from their betting. It will be interesting to see how the concept of skin betting develops in the online computer games world in the years to come.

Highlights

While we have not been able to cover the entire vast breadth of the topic of gaming online in this article, you now have a snapshot picture of this vast phenomenon. As 5G technology develops and becomes more widespread, we are sure to see more new and exciting developments in the world of online gaming. More powerful, faster gaming mobile phones are sure to arrive on the market too.
As the number of games to play increases new gaming trends are sure to emerge in the years to come, especially with the advent of 5G. Concepts such as virtual reality are sure to have an impact too, especially on the world of esports and esports betting. It is an interesting time to be alive for all fans of online gaming across the world!

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