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Can Esports become more popular than online casinos?

Online casinos have continued to grow in popularity over the past decade, but can Esports follow a similar trend in the coming years?

Over the past decade, the introduction of social media and apps have resulted in trends developing in the technology world. One of those has been the increase in popularity of the online casinos market, with Holy Moly Casinos review being one of the best places to view where to find all of the necessary bonuses, free slots and bet incentives. However, while it is difficult to see the gambling world ever becoming unpopular, the progress of Esports means that it has a rival for the attention of people of varying demographics going forward.

Since the networking option was provided on the PlayStation, the desire to take on all-comers around the world has continued to grow at an unrelenting rate. There was once a time when playing a game of FIFA online against a mate situated down the street felt like a novelty, but now it is the basic norm which the youth of today expect from the technology made available to them. While those in their late twenties or early thirties may not take the biggest of interest in eSports, it has become a way of life for younger people, those who are in the middle of this particular trend cycle. While there will be those who will argue - with justified reasons - that too much time spent in front of a screen can be detrimental, a whole new world has been created which can be both stimulating and rewarding.

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For the large part, most people will take satisfaction from emerging victorious against their friends in a multi-player environment, or working as a team to get the better of a rival group of friends from school or university. However, those who know that they have become particularly skilled at a certain game will naturally be tempted to enter a range of competitions and tournaments which have been created to entice people wish to benefit financially. It's a bit like when people begin to play poker. Once you know the rules and are beating people "for fun", you want to take it further.

Staying with the poker theme, competing in the World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas is the target for any serious player, and Esports competitors are now being provided with such incentives. While the success stories do not happen overnight, a 15-year-old boy from the United Kingdom recently won almost £1m for prevailing in a Fortnite competition which started with 40 million players! The prize money on offer is equally as staggering as the amount of participants involved - as is the eight hours a day which Jaden Ashman spent on practice - but it is now a sign of the times. Much like online gambling has continued to grow over the past 10 years, there is very sign that esports will remain on a similar upward trajectory.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

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· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
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· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

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