Draft Kings, one of the leaders in the fantasy sports industry, looks to be opening up their doors to feature prominent video games. Keep reading to find out more about what eSports have been considered for the competition, and the details of the situation below!
Draft Kings is set to launch eSports into the fantasy sports world alongside the League of Legends World Championships in October. If you’ve been watching any sporting events for the last year, you might be familiar with Draft Kings. It’s an online Fantasy Sports League that focuses on daily gaming rather than season long commitments to your team. Up until now they’ve included sports such as baseball, hockey, football, etc. and focus on the individual player performance rather than the team as a whole.
Beginning next month there starts a whole new chapter for the online fantasy league nation as the competitive gaming aspect will allow people to draft competitive gamers, for games such as League of Legends, and compete against others for real money.
The players will draft different competitive gamers all while trying to remain under a salary cap. Competitive gamers will cost more or less depending on their skill level/odds to win and then from there the players will be rewarded based on a system of points depending on the performance of the gamers that they have drafted. A sample of the scoring system is shown below. For a full list of rules click here.
Players will accumulate points as follows:
- Kills (K) = +3 PTs
- Assists (A) = +2 PTs
- Deaths (D) = -1 PTs
- Creeps (C) = +0.02 PTs
- 10+ K/A Bonus (10KA+) = + 2 PTs (10 kills OR 10 assists in a single game)
The world of eSports has been a rising industry which brings in an estimated $600 million of revenue from over 100 million people all around the globe. There is a wide variety for Draft Kings to take advantage of here. If all goes well with the League of Legends Championship, could we see this extend to other forms of competitive gaming? Counter Strike? Pokémon tournaments? Hearthstone?