Will Tarkov Arena Be The Next Best Game For Esports Betting?

Published: Dec 19, 2023 - Last Updated: Feb 12, 2024

Escape From Tarkov Arena is the latest shooter to take the world by storm. It’s an all-new title from Battlestate Games, the developer of Escape From Tarkov, an intense extraction shooter that was released as a beta in 2016.

In Tarkov Arena, competitive players are introduced to a session-based, traditional multiplayer experience, and it has been built with esports in mind. Recently, the first-ever Tarkov Arena esports tournament was played at DreamHack Hannover, and it was a roaring success.

Now, we’re asking an important question – what’s the potential for Tarkov Arena to become a popular esports betting title?

It has everything that’s required to become a success as an esports game, but what legs does Tarkov Arena have when it comes to betting? Let’s take a look at the game and its future and determine if it could offer markets that esports bettors should keep their eyes on.

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Will Tarkov Arena Have Betting Markets?

Where there’s a competitive game, there tends to be betting markets not far behind. In the case of Tarkov Arena, you’ve got a shining multiplayer platform with a legendary foundation that’s backed by a world-class developer and millions of fans.

It has the groundwork already laid, all that’s left now is for Battlestate Games, to build up the esports ecosystem hand-in-hand with grassroots tournaments, top-tier esports organisations, and streaming platforms.

It’s almost a given that Tarkov Arena will boast at least some betting markets. It’s likely that when the bigger tournaments start playing – or when there’s some kind of a consistent league that’s played regularly – esports betting sites will offer win-loss markets at the very least.

I’m not expecting there to be a far-reaching and diverse array of markets available with competitive odds, but I do foresee betting operators testing the water with basic Tarkov Arena betting markets.

Grant Taylor-Hill

Since: February 12, 2021

Grant is a lifelong, multi-platform gamer with a passion for journalism and more than ten years' experience in the industry. He'll try any game once, and when he's not playing them, he's watching them, being as he is an avid esports fan.

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