In 2019, The Fortnite World Cup brought esports into the mainstream news headlines, with huge prize money being won by players taking part. This was particularly the case for the winner of The Fortnite World Cup, Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman, who at just 15 years old won $1m; his story was reported widely across mainstream media in the United Kingdom.
So with current odds, betting sites are giving esports players a real chance of nomination for the Sports Personality of the Year award.
British players, such as Tommey Rated, Jukeyz and Fifakill are presently featuring in the top 10 of earnings for Call of Duty Warzone, so with building support to the esports world, this could give a positive leaning towards the awards next year.
There are also odds of 80/1 on any esports team winning the Team of the Year at the Sports Personality of the Year awards.
Firstly, we have the Call of Duty League team, Toronto Ultra, featuring British players Bance, Cammy and Insight. This may be a consideration if their success continues following its second-place standing in last year’s Championships.
Britain also has representation with the London Royal Ravens team featuring English players: Afro, Gismo, Nastie and Zer0. According to Jake Ashton from OLBG, they have the strongest chance of nomination for Team of the Year.