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These Were the Top 5 Esports Games Bet On In 2023

by David Manyun
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Despite market corrections such as the consolidation of professional esports teams and reduced budgets in 2023, the total number of esports wagers placed and the average amount of bets saw a huge increase last year compared to 2022.

The resilience of esports shined in 2023, and against all odds, the world of professional gaming proved again that it isn’t going anywhere, and its presence within the realm of sports betting is certainly here to stay.

With that said, let’s take a more in-depth look at the most wagered-on games in 2023, and yes, you can expect to see some of the usual suspects that have dominated this space since the sport’s birth.

Disclaimer: The following forecasts stem from data based on the Kambi Network 2023 betting turnover compiled by Abios.

1 Counter-Strike

Counter Strike

Nothing quite hits during live esports events like a first-person shooter (FPS), and now we have the evidence to prove it.

According to the Abios Leaderboard 2023 report, 56% of all eSports bets on the Kambi Network in 2023 were on Counter-Strike.

Counter-Strike was the most popular game for betting in North America and Europe. Among the leagues, the Intel Extreme Masters had a 10% percentage of bets on the Kambi network, while the ESL Pro League had a 9% share in 2023.

2 League of Legends

League of Legends Title

With 24% of all esports wagers on the Kambi Network, League of Legends (LoL) arrives in second place on the top titles for wagering in 2023.

Despite taking the second position, and while this seems positive on paper, LoL has seen a performance decline. The Chinese and Korean local League of Legends events are historically popular, with the North American League Championship Series (LCS) close behind in popularity. This year, the LCS has seen a decline in audience numbers, and the overall number of bets has also decreased as a result.

3 Dota 2


Dota 2 is still considered one of the most intricate and demanding esports games. The International, an annual Dota 2 event, draws top teams and has the highest prize pool in esports history. And lovers of the game highly await this event.

Although it’s 14% of all esports wagers taken in 2023, it leaves it in the third most bet-on title. We should expect a rise in these figures during 2024 as the Dota Pro Circuit continues to flourish.



According to Abios data, Valorant represented 3% of the betting turnover, ranking it the fourth most popular game. The data was obtained from Kambi-powered sportsbooks that are operating in licensed areas.

For added context, Kambi is presently operating on six continents and partners with more than 40 operators, as stated on its website.

A condensed and intense season in Valorant was expected to have intriguing consequences for betting. However, it’s seeing consistent growth in overall revenue and surpasses several other games in the long tail of esports.

5 Call of Duty

Call of Duty

Similar to 2022, Call of Duty again falls short in the top five most wagered-on esports titles with 2%. We shouldn’t, however, be surprised at these figures with the competition it’s up against, such as LoL, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2.

Given the gradual implementation of US sports betting regulations nationwide, Call of Duty remains a significant game to monitor in 2024 and beyond since the whole professional scene is now centered on the United States.

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David Manyun
Hailing from the West Midlands, David is a freelance sports journalist with a focus on both written and visual sports content. Building a reputation for precise pre-fight predictions, he gains recognition for his thorough fight analysis and extensive knowledge of contenders and fight history in his rapidly evolving field.

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