Online book-maker Paddy Power is expanding from sports in video gaming. The company is offering odds on the outcome of the UK "heavyweight championship" for Super Street Fighter IV.
The match pits Ryan Hart against Femi Adeboye, and is set to take place on April 29 at Capcom's European headquarters. The match will be streamed live on the Paddy Power website, if you've say, laid your life savings on one of the combatants. Right now, the line for outright winner favors Ryan Hart at 1/3, with Abedoye at 2/1. You can also bet on the round lengths and the number of rounds won.
"Video games are as much a legitimate sport as any other," said a Paddy Power spokesperson to Games Industry. "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 video game competitions."
While I'm always in favor of furthering the cause of video games, I would hate for pro gaming to go the way of boxing, where betting and monetary interests have killed the sport for the fans. That's a long way off, though, so until then, lay your money down, people -- unless, of course, it's not legal where you are.
Source: Games Industry