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

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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