This Friday will bring us a new high/low (depends on how you look at it) in the world of video game competition. The first bets on a video game competition match will be placed.
Ryan Hart and Femi Adeboye, two of Europe’s most respected SF IV players will compete in a Paddy Power sanctioned match, which will be the first video game match that people will place bets on the outcome of the game .
“Videogames are as much a legitimate sport as any other,” says Paddy Power, communications director, Paddy Power. “We wanted to offer sports fans and games players the ultimate thrill by offering the chance to win big on the outcome of a Super Street Fighter IV competition. If it proves popular, we’ll open further books on other videogame competitions.”
“Whether you’re playing with a friend or part of an official tournament, every game of Super Street Fighter IV is important,” adds Leo Tan, Capcom. “Recognising the game as a legitimate spectator event, as fiercely contested as any sanctioned boxing match, is a huge step for videogames as a whole. Hopefully this is the start of a new avenue for bookmakers, a new way for games players to enjoy their games and, potentially, a new way for the elite players to get the recognition they deserve.”
The Paddy Power Super Street Fighter IV match will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday 29th April. The fight will be hosted at publisher Capcom’s European HQ, and streamed live to the Paddy Power Website.
The firm is offering a selection of bets, from outright winner, to length of the fastest round. Betting is now live at: http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting
For those who are thinking on betting on the match here are the odds:
1/3 Ryan Hart
2/1 Femi Adeboye
Match Result (Best of 3)
5/6 Hart 2-0
3/1 Hart 2-1
9/2 Adeboye 2-0
11/2 Adeboye 2-1
For the results of the match stay tuned to ICGamers.