eSports Betting on The Top Championships Globally
Online eSports betting has become one of the largest markets in the country. While every match provides great wagering opportunities, it is the major championships that really heat up the bookmakers. For those who are serious about eSports betting, we take a look the top competitions worth putting money on.
Dota 2: The International
Defence of the Ancients 2, otherwise known as Dota 2 is the largest and most popular electronic sports game in the world. As with many MOBA releases, it was developed from a custom map from Warcraft III. While there are many smaller Dota 2 tournaments and championships, the International is the premier event in the industry. It has broken records for the highest prize pool every year it has been held with 2018 offering over $26 million. Matches are streamed to millions of viewers around the globe, and all leading bookmakers offer markets on every single game at the International.
Anyone interested in this genre will most likely have placed a wager on the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS). Together with the EU LCS, competing teams earn points throughout the season for the honour of competing at the LoL Championships. This is the premier LoL event of the season where the highest ranked teams compete for the title. With a prize pool over 10 million, it is one of the most watched events in the world, with over 43 million unique viewers and an average of 14 million at any given time during the tournament.
Evolution Championship Series
The Evolution Series (EVO) is one of the few eSports championships dedicated to fighting games. For bettors who enjoy wagering on fighting, this is the ideal tournament as all of the major bookmakers get in on the action. Every game offers up a number of markets including match bets and prop wagers. While this eSports Championship doesn’t quite have the viewership and prize pool of other major tournaments, it grows each year and is streamed across the globe. The most recent EVO was held at the Mandalay Bay resort and featured popular titles like Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and Dragon Ball FigherZ.
FIFA Interactive World Cup
Few sports games have come close to matching FIFA for size and coverage. Betting on eSports doesn’t get much more intense than with the FIFA Interactive World Cup. The event, which is hosted by FIFA in partnership with EA Sports, is open to millions of players through the online qualification stage. The top 32 players then compete at the Grand Finals which is streamed to millions of viewers around the globe. The 32 players are split into four groups of which 16 move to the playoff. All top-rated bookies online offer match betting on every game in the grand finals.
Blizzcon (Battle.net World Championship Series)
While Blizzcon was initially created as an annual gaming convention for Blizzard Gaming, it also hosts some of the largest eSports Championship finals for many of their popular games. For eSports betting purposes, Blizzcon is an event to look forward to.
The most recent Blizzcon event hosted the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, the World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational, the Hearthstone Global Games, the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship and the highly anticipated Overwatch World Cup. All of the events are streamed live across the globe making this the ideal opportunity to bettors wanting market diversity and increased opportunities to win.