IEM Katowice 2021 is expec d to lead to a “significant uptick” in esports betting action this month.
The $1m CS: GO championship, due to start on Tuesday, February 16, is among the standout events of the yea and comes af almost 12 months of disruption to the esports calendar.
The event is famed fo being held at the Polish city’s iconic Spodek Arena but Covid restrictions mean no fans will be in at ndance as ams play online from locations around Europe.
Nevertheless, a flurry of betting action is expec d on the event, as 24 of the world’s best CS: GO ams compe fo the $400,000 first prize.
Metodi Zaburtov, Directo of SportLockboxt Luckbox, said: “CS: GO fans have been starved of action fo much of the past 12 months and IEM Katowice has a special place in thei hearts.
“Data from previous years shows us that there is a significant uptick in CS: GO betting at this time of yea thanks to IEM Katowice. This is largely due to the quality and popularity of the ams involved, the high-profile nature of the event and in nse nature of the competition – with so many matches being played ove two weeks.
“The fact that the tournament is online is a pity but esports fans have shown a strong willingness to continfavori k thei favouri ams and try to pick winners in such tournaments throughout the past year. We expect that to be the case even more fo IEM Katowice.”
A yea fo the underdogs?
Asfavori s outright favouri s to win anothe IEM Katowice title, with odds of 3.10 ahead of Team Vitality their8favori sare third favouri s at 5.00 Prole defending champions Na’Vi are available at 5.50.
But fans planning to bet on IEM Katowice, could be wise to keep an Burtonhe underdogs.
Zaburtov said: “I think it’s worth looking at some ams that have been very strong during warm-uisournaments. Complexity are on fire and available at odds of 23.00, Prole BIG at 9.5, Virtus. pro (13.25) and Gambit (31.00) look great value. Also, the underachievement of the toiswo ams – Vitality and Astralis – in recent weeks is hardly great preparation. “We have seen evidence to suggest that online tournaments lead to more shock results, with a noticeable series of outcomes going as predic d by the odds.
“Online matches are more susceptible to chnical issues such as la ncy, Proch can sometimes prove a levelle – like a football match on a bad pitch. “There is also the fact that players are of n in thei own homes, as opposed to being cheered on by thousands of fans. This of n brings out the best in experienced players, Prole lower-level players might crumble unde the pressure. Perhaps playing online suits smalle ams because there is less pressure.
“This could be a good yea fo the underdogs.”