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Twitch, Esports Betting, and Using Your Resources

By Sam Welch in Sports
| November 24, 2017 12:00 am PDT

As I’ve talked about many times before, Twitch is one of the greatest resources for esports betting. However, you may not use it to the best of its capabilities. In this article, I’m going to go over the many things that Twitch can do, and how to use it for maximum value.

Lying beneath everything I will talk about here is a simple question: how would you use Twitch if you were a professional player? One of the pillars of next level esports betting is thinking like a player, and Twitch use is a great way to put yourself into that role. Whenever Twitch is open on your computer (or console, tablet, or phone), you should be using at as though the information you are absorbing is going to make you rich… because it can.

Browsing Twitch and Its Implications

In recent articles, I’ve been discussing what esports you should be betting on. The answer to this question will always be whatever esport you are most knowledgeable about, but Twitch can add some more depth to this. If you’ve been on Twitch before (and I’m sure you have) you may have spent some time running down their “browse” page. It’s a simple set-up: you see the games being played, and how many people are viewing them.

When it comes to esports betting, this information may seem useless. You don’t need to know that 36,000 people are currently watching Hearthstone to know that you’ll be betting on it. However, the established esports aren’t alone anymore. As the esports industry continues to grow, space is made for new games to enter the fray. For example, Rocket League began as a fun pastime mostly aimed at children, but has recently gained footing as a brand new, highly competitive esport. If you find yourself watching old League of Legends events to catch up on your knowledge, you know how valuable that information is. To cement yourself as an authority on Rocket League, you don’t have many backlogs to go through.

This is the information that esports betters will find valuable on the Twitch browse page. This is not an instant gratification game, but instead something you must pay close attention to over time. Consider this: you sign on to Twitch today and see that there are one thousand people currently watching Pokemon Duel. Seems like nothing, right? What if you sign in again a week from today and see that there are five thousand people watching Pokemon Duel? Sure, other factors might affect this – maybe you signed on at 4AM today and then sign on at 5PM next week – that could change the numbers. However, if you notice that the numbers increase steadily over time, you can see that a following is developing. Maybe this following is coming before the competitive scene, or maybe a competitive scene is what’s causing the development. Either way, bigger things are coming, and you’ve been invited in at the ground floor.

Understanding what games are gaining or losing popularity will tell you when to get in and when to get out, sort of like penny stocks. The times are changing, and you can ride the waves to piles of gold.

What’s in A Name

The fun doesn’t stop at the ”browse” page. Once you’ve selected the game that you want to watch, you’ll probably find a few different options in streams. Normally, the only time a popular game is condensed to a singular stream is during big events, but those are probably what you are looking for anyway. From this page, you can choose what you will watch carefully.

The first kind of content you should be looking for, unsurprisingly, is content from players who most influence what is going on.

Note that this does not necessitate them being a professional player, but simply someone who people are likely to follow. For example, Saffron Olive, a Magic: The Gathering streamer, rarely puts up pro level results. What he does do, however, is build fun and interesting decks that can shift the meta, while also showing off what it looks like. This content can be found in every game, and is a great “real life” example of the games nuances.

If you can’t find gameplay content, look for Q&A streams. Again, these may seem useless when it comes to esports betting, but they are anything but. These are unbridled and topical, which can provide a raw and honest view of the game. Typically, the topics being talked about on these kinds of streams will provide valuable insight, and give you a good idea of what to expect in the near future. They can also provide valuable insight into a specific player or players, and show you what headspace they are in leading into an event. This content doesn’t always take the form of a Q&A. You can find this type of discussion in many group or “party” streams, more laidback streams from pro players, or podcasts (they’re on Twitch now).

Should none of these streams be running and should there be no major event, look for smaller ones. Many small businesses have been trying to put together events with varying levels of success, and these can be an entertaining and fun way to learn about the current meta. These may even provide betting opportunities, if you can find a willing book.

Finally, any player will have something to teach. Whether pro or popular, many of the bigger ideas behind competitive gaming are easily evident at even the lowest levels. Smaller streams can be especially useful if you plan to…

Use the Chat Function

One of the most overlooked aspects of Twitch from an esports betting perspective is the interaction between the viewer and the streamer. Has some question been burning on your mind? Have you been arguing with your friends over the best meta Hearthstone deck? While you can probably find the answer, it’s great to get a second opinion. You should never resort to spamming, but remember that a question asked in chat might be answered, and the knowledge you gain could make your weekend much more lucrative.



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