Tuesday June 2, 2020

Place your e-bets, please: how the gambling sector is pivoting during Covid-19

E-sports, once considered niche, are attracting record viewership numbers in the age of the coronavirus – and the large online betting platforms now want a piece of the action

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
5th April, 2020
Computer game tournaments have attracted the focus of online bookmakers due to the suspension of almost all sport over Covid-19

The threats arrived on Danny Taylor’s phone just after 2am last Saturday, naming his partner and warning that if he did not accept a bribe to throw his next match, there would be an unwanted visitor to his house.

Taylor, a professional e-sports player who represents English Championship team Middlesborough, said it was the first time he had ever got such a threat. He was due to play another player representing Australia’s Central...

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