Although it is currently illegal to bet on esports in France, one French betting firm is aiming to work in the esports field. This comes amid the belief that esports betting will soon become fully legal in the country thanks to a law from last year.
Française Des Jeux, a french betting firm owned by the state government, will soon start offering esports events. Three particular event series will be held with each event targeting different types of gamers around France.
The FDJ Masters League will entail a grand prize of €20,000 for a winning team. Details on what specific games will be included are unknown although it is expected that League of Legends will be the top one offered.
The FDJ Open Series will be for amateur players looking to get into the professional ranks. The FDJ Gaming Tour will also be offered as a series for casual game players and mobile games alike.
This is in a partnership with Webedia, a team that owns French esports teams like Millenium and PSG Esports.
The odds are that people will be able to bet on these events after the French government chooses to make esports betting legal. Whether or not that will come about in the near future is uncertain. The Numeric Law that was passed in France last year could open up the gates for betting. This entails a legal frame or rules for esports to follow as a means of potentially allowing for events to be bet on within France.