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Esports vs. Virtual Sports: What's the difference?

Esports vs. Virtual Sports: What's the difference?

With the rise of more advanced technology, some of the terms that you have probably heard are esports and virtual sports. Are the two things are one and the same? Are they interchangeable terms for each other?

Bookmakers are also jumping in the hype for esports and virtual sports, with more and more online bookies starting to offer betting opportunities for esports and virtual sports, or either one of them. There are lot of such option on the sites like https://silentbet.com/ that helps to get veterans to choose bookies reading reviews and recommendations.

Here are the things you need to know about virtual sports and esports.

What is virtual sports?
Virtual sports, in the simplest of term, is a computer-generated software that plays a game, with the aim of emulating a real-life sport. The earliest recognized first use of a virtual sport was in 1961 when John Burgeson coded and was able to run a fantasy baseball coded for an IBM 1620 computer. The simple game allowed two teams to play a game completely automated, controlled by coded probabilities and statistics, and with the result determined by a random number generation algorithm. Back then, the computer that the game ran on only had a memory of 20KB.

Nowadays, virtual sports are developed with the same core concept and elements--game software where games are played in an automated way, with probabilities and stats coded for each player or team. RNG (random number generation) is still mainly responsible for the randomized results.

What is Esports?
Back in the day, people play video games only for the sake of entertainment. People play it for fun, for the adrenaline and the thrill, and many other reasons that fall mainly in entertainment. However, when multiplayer online games became greatly popular, people started to conceptualize a competitive playing of video games--much like sports. This is how esports was born.

The first esports game to be played competitively is Atari's "Space Invaders." The grand event called "The Space Invaders Championship" was held in 1980 where more than 10,000 players gathered and played in a competitive setup.

Now, more and more games are being played competitively as an esport. The most popular esports games and events include the Leauge Championship Series for Riot Games's "League Of Legends," The International for Valve's "DoTA 2," shooter games such as "PUBG," "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive," "Call Of Duty," "Fortnite," and many more.

Can you bet on either?
No matter what your preference between virtual sports or esports is, the good news is that you can bet on either of them. In the first place, virtual sports were developed for the sake of having something to bet on aside from real-life sporting events. On the other hand, esports betting had been a thing since playing video games became a competitive sport.

So how do you bet on these games? Betting on virtual sports is the same as betting on a real-life post. Since the games played are the same as a real-life sport, the same rules apply as well, and thus the same betting options are available, too.

On the other hand, esports betting options may vary depending on the game. There are consistent betting options like a money line win bet.

Final thoughts
With the help of modern technology, sports have expanded to more than just a game played in the court or the field. Even sports betting is now more than just betting on the traditional games that we know. No one knows how much more sports, gaming, and betting would evolve and improve through the years. However, one thing is for sure--we will see more improvements and innovations as time goes on.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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