You can now bet cash on what will be the best-selling video game of the year
In Vegas, you can bet on pretty much anything. Seriously, if you look hard enough you can bet on absolutely anything. Betting on the Oscars is simple, why not bet on what color of dress the best actress winner will be wearing? And if you really want to go down a rabbit hole, try betting on the Super Bowl – not the winners and losers, but rather things like what the first commercial will be and whether the third play of the second half will be a pass or run. It goes deep.
With the video game industry reaching $90 billion worldwide in 2015, it’s not surprising that people have found a way to bet on it.
The websites sportsbettingexperts.com has come up with rules for betting on what will be the best-selling video game this season. It’s notoriously difficult to get exact video game sales numbers, so the site decided to piggyback off of Amazon. The best-selling game will be determined by which product sells the most copies via Amazon.
The site is focusing on the big AAA games, which rules out mobile and handheld. The odds are as follows:
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: -125 (Bet $125 to profit $100)
FIFA 17: +120 (Bet $100 to profit $120)
Final Fantasy 15: +750 (Bet $100 to profit $750)
South Park: +750
Battlefield One: +1000
F1 2016 +2350
Forza Horizon: +2500
Watchdogs 2: +3000
Mafia III: +3000
In another year, the smart money would be on Call of Duty but the series hasn’t had quite the luster that it has in previous years. The FIFA series is a safe bet too thanks to its international appeal, and Final Fantasy XV would make sense anecdotally – when it came out it seemed like everyone was playing it. The odds makers may want to remove South Park though. South Park: Fracture But Whole was delayed until Q1 2017.
So if you’re a gamer – or more accurately a fan of the gaming industry – and betting is your thing, here’s your chance to make a little money. Or lose a little money. Or lose a lot of money. Funny how that works.