With most of the esports events being canceled due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, it’s important to understand how the changes in the way we live our lives have impacted esports in 2020. SBR has the latest picks for the events that remain and their esports betting professionals have the necessary insight to understand how COVID-19 changes the way leagues will be played out to help fans make some extra cash while we wait out the quarantine. The reality is that many events have been canceled and leagues across the world have changed to a remote format, such is the case of the North American League of Legends Championship Series or LCS and the League of Legends European Championship or LEC, some of the most popular esports leagues to bet on. Leagues being played out remotely means that external factors will most likely change how the leagues are played out, how players perform and so on.
Flashpoint which features 12 teams. The advantage of betting on these leagues is that they’re being organized by professional organizations with tons of experience with online competitions and you can be sure that there will rarely be any weird shenanigans with them being played remotely due to COVID-19.
When it comes to League of Legends, most of the leagues are already being played remotely which greatly changes how the teams will perform simply because these teams are used to playing in front of a live audience every weekend much like traditional sports but also because of one very important factor in the case of the LCS. If you pay close attention, most of the LCS players are in fact imports that call other countries home, they have families abroad and some of them have families in countries that have been completely cut off from aerial transit, that have shut off their borders to keep the virus from spreading. It might sound otherworldly, but in reality some of these players may be going home soon after the spring split is over, to visit their families and be with them in these trying times. If so, some of these players may not be able to come back to the LCS, changing how the league looks. Players may also start to get sick, the reality is that COVID-19 is highly contagious and as much as you would think these players are protected, the chance that they will be infected is as high as any other regular person living in quarantine right now. If players start to get sick and more teams have to get subs or stand-ins, the league will look extremely different. Having a player jump into the league midseason is incredibly hard on a team’s performance and will likely have a negative effect on the performance of the team which will impact everything. Be sure to read up on your favorite teams and leagues and make sure you’re prepared, esports are a great option to entertain yourself during the quarantine but it’s not without its downsides that leagues continue to roll out.